Mental Health Awareness Workshops in Schools

To deliver 60 x one hour Mental Health Awareness workshops to 20 schools in Birmingham .

We did it!

On 14th Oct 2017 we successfully raised £10,800 of £10,000 target with 19 supporters in 45 days

New stretch target

Every extra £500 raised will fund mental health awareness workshops for another school in Birmingham.

What is this project?

We aim to raise £10,000 to deliver 3 x 1 hour interactive mental health awareness workshops to 20 schools in Birmingham (60 workshops in total). We will engage with 10 Primary Schools and 10 Secondary schools and will support a total of 1600 pupils as part of the project.

Why is it important?

Poor mental health is costing the West Midlands region over £12 billion per year which has led to Mental Health becoming a priority for the region. 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental illness, however, mental health awareness is not compulsory in schools and very few teach it. We therefore aim to fill this gap and give young people the knowledge to support themselves and their friends. Altruist have been successfully delivering mental health awareness workshops to schools for 4 years and over this time, have seen an increase in demand for these sessions within Birmingham.

Having worked with and spoken to over 100 schools, there can be a lack of specialist knowledge on this subject within schools. They would therefore engage with us to fill this void and ensure quality and accuracy of information delivered. Schools also value the presentations provided by our volunteers (young people with lived experience of mental health problems) sharing their experiences with pupils.

Workshop Content

These tried and tested workshops were developed in partnership with a group of local young people and can be adapted based on age group and the needs of each particular class. Content includes:

- What is Mental Health?

- Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders and Self-harm

- Identifying the early signs of an issue

- Building resilience using the Five Ways to Well-being

- Where to seek support

Workshop Outcomes and Testimonials

Following one of our workshops attended by 33 young people, we found that:

  • 91% of the attendees said that they could talk more openly about mental health after the
    workshop
  • 97% of participants agreed that there should be more education regarding mental health
  • 96% said that mental health should be taught in schools
  • 76% said that they had never been taught about mental health in school

Quotes from Year 7 pupils following workshops delivered at a Birmingham School:

How did you find the workshop useful?

‘so you know how to control yourself’

‘to show others it is ok to have an illness’

‘To help others if they have an illness’

‘To not bully but support’

‘It made me want to take care of myself’

Katie's Story

Altruist Enterprises was founded in 2013 by Katie Buckingham, an award winning social entrepreneur with previous personal experience of mental ill-health. Irritated by the lack of awareness of mental health, Altruist was formed with the vision of achieving 'parity of esteem' between physical and mental health. Katie campaigns and speaks nationally about the subject and recently delivered her first TEDx talk. 

'I am passionate about raising awareness of mental health amongst young people to help build resilience and enable them to seek support earlier without fear of discrimination' Katie Buckingham

How will the money be spent?

We aim to raise £10,000 and this will cover facilitator costs, administration, travel expenses, resources and materials and volunteer expenses.

Those that pledge, regardless of value, will all receive a personal tweet, thanking them for their contribution. For those that give a little more, we are offering great rewards such as free t-shirts and mindfulness audios, free courses and a special mention in our next Huffington Post article.


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