World Mental Health Day – Supporting children and young people

We are delighted that a number of local schools are helping us to promote mental health wellbeing to students and fundraise for our vital mental health services by holding a ‘Mufti for Bucks Mind’ day today.

As a thank you, our Children and Young People’s Services team will be delivering a free mental health awareness assembly to schools who take part.

We recognise the importance of training and educating young people about mental health and all its aspects, particularly at the current time. By educating and discussing mental health from a young age we strive to empower young people to reach out for help when they need it, to help others and, in turn, reduce stigma and discrimination.

Offering a free mental health awareness assembly to schools who participate in #MuftiForBucksMind is one way in which Buckinghamshire Mind will be supporting schools to ensure the wellbeing of their students.

We appreciate that some schools may not have the capacity to organise a mufti day this term, given the priorities in terms of helping children to catch-up after the closures due to lockdown. Therefore, this offer is open to all schools who wish to take part in #MuftiForBucksMind and receive a free mental health awareness assembly at any time during this academic year.

For more information about our Mental Health Education in Schools service, please click here.

Buckinghamshire Mind has organised a range of activities for World Mental Health Day to benefit different people within the community. These include:

  • We will be posting a free video providing top tips for starting a conversation about mental health, which can be accessed by everyone at The aim is to support the inclusive message of this year’s theme: ‘Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access. Everyone, everywhere.’ The video will launch at 9am on 10th October.
  • Our Older Adults’ Service has produced a video that shows how friends and family of people living with dementia can use the senses to start meaningful conversations and encourage reminiscence.
  • Our Friends in Need service will also be hosting a Virtual Mental Wellbeing Fayre on Zoom, which will provide short taster sessions of activities pertaining to the five ways of wellbeing; connect, be active, take notice, keep learning, give.
  • Our Employment Support service will be sending resource packs to all its service users. The packs, titled ‘Staying Well in Employment and Job Searching’, cover a wide range of topics, from the health benefits of working, Equality legislation and disclosing mental health concerns at work to chair based exercises.
  • Our Wellbeing Groups will be encouraged to explore how everyone has mental health and their own experiences of mental health issues through creative writing, art and quizzes.
  • We will be holding a volunteer development session on World Mental Health Day, which will include the topics of inclusivity and diversity.

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