DMYH opens Bestival!
Dorset Mind Your Head had the incredible opportunity to open Camp Bestival 2019 by co-facilitating a mental health workshop, alongside the fantastic #LifeUnfiltered Team. Camp Bestival is a large family festival with something for everyone: live music, camping and circus acts to just name a few!
#LifeUnfiltered is a short mental health awareness video, created by young people, for young people. The project was a 6-month collaboration by 25 young people, supported by Dorset Mind Your Head, Healthwatch Dorset, Dorset Mental Health Forum, Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust, Poole Youth Forum and Bournemouth University. This film launched on World Mental Health Day 2017 and has since gained over 13k YouTube views.
Introductions and Ice-Breakers
The #LifeUnfiltered team began their workshop by introducing themselves and showing their video to the audience. Following this, DMYH and Bournemouth University had the chance to introduce themselves and how they co-produced #LifeUnfiltered. The team lead an icebreaker exercise with the group after sharing some mental health information and statistics. They read out examples of potential festival-related stress factors, such as losing your tent, and everyone rated how much stress each one would cause them. Through this exercise, they demonstrated how everyone experiences individual stress response triggers and intensities in response to different scenarios.
Notice the Signs
The team summarised Dorset Mind’s upcoming #NoticetheSigns’ project, which was born from of Do-It Day 2018. Dan Willis of Why Digital hosted Do-It Day to engage the local digital industry in creative mental health awareness campaigns. The #LifeUnfiltered team came to Do-It Day to join the panel of judges and pick their favourite from the four pitches.
The winning team produced #NoticetheSigns’ a project to introduce information and positive messaging in schools across Dorset; to educate young people and empower them to start conversations around mental health.
The audience were encouraged to write down their own favourite positive messages and tips to reduce stress. After this, everyone shared their posters within groups, and picked their favourite messages.
These favourite messages were proudly displayed along a washing line of positivity and shared to the room. The upcoming ‘Notice the Signs’ Project will use these suggestions for messaging.
It was inspiring to see children as young as four sharing what makes them happy, such as “cuddles with Bunny”; “playing with my sister” and “talking to my mummy”. The young people discussed how they can bring themselves up when they are feeling down, and the messages they found inspiring.
50% of mental health problems can be established before a person turns 14. The earlier we encourage age-appropriate conversations around mental health, the closer we get to providing the future generation with the tools they need to protect themselves and get the most out of life.
Its time to empower our young people to begin mental health conversations. We must give them tools to identify, manage and express their emotions, to give them the best chance in life.
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BIG thanks to our guest blogger and ambassador Lucy Lewis, who also took Dorset Mind Your Head to Bestival.