It is really important that we all look after our mental health and emotional wellbeing and would know what to do or who to contact if we were having a difficult time. To help start a conversation with children and young people, this autumn Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Sussex are inviting children, young people and professionals to make a ‘mental health promise’.
What is a mental health promise?
This is a statement or pledge of something you will do to look after your own mental health or to support the mental health of a friend or loved one. It can be something really simple, but the activity will get us all thinking about the things that we can do to make a difference.
Some examples could include:
- “I promise to tell someone if I am feeling sad”
- “I promise to be supportive of my best friend when they are having a tough time”
- “I promise that I will spend 10 minutes every day doing something nice which makes me feel relaxed”
How can you get involved?
There are many different ways that you can get involved with the campaign – there is no right or wrong way. Some ideas could include:
- Hold a lesson/activity session to make a ‘mental health promise’ and from these promises, build a collage to display in a classroom/room
- Hold an assembly/workshop which focuses on mental health and offer tips on how we can all take better care of our mental health and emotional wellbeing. Give all young people a ‘mental health promise’ slip to take home and complete
How do you sign up?
If you are interested in taking part in the campaign as a school/organisation, or want more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the email subject ‘My Mental Health Promise’.
In your email please include a named contact for the school/organisation, a telephone number, email address, address of where we can send campaign materials to and details of how you intend to take part in the campaign.