A young person with good mental wellbeing is more likely to be happier, healthier, more resilient and better able to achieve their goals. They're also less likely to develop a mental health condition.
Through our work in schools, we found that children and young people:
- didn't know where to go to find information about mental health and wellbeing
- felt disempowered to support each other's mental health
- felt mental health and wellbeing is important and they wanted more support
- felt that support in school that involved their peers was a good idea
One young person said "There's no education about mental health other than the odd assembly about stress management so something should definitely be done to change this."
Lancashire Mind's Wellbeing Challenge provides a clear framework to support young people in secondary schools to co-produce and lead wellbeing initiatives for their school providing peer support to improve awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing.
The programme values young people as agents of change who increase awareness of what we can all do to nurture our own and others mental wellbeing. The young people are given the mission of improving wellbeing for their school and the framework supports them through a project management process to develop an asset or initiative that will bring long lasting change for themselves, their peers and the whole school community.
750 pupils across 64 Lancashire schools have taken part in Wellbeing Challenge
94% of young people report feeling that their wellbeing has improved
99% of young people enjoyed being part of the Wellbeing Challenge
What people say about The Wellbeing Challenge:
"It was great to think about what is already good and what could be improved, and we got to be really creative about what we wanted to do"
"The Wellbeing Challenge has been a great experience and has made our school a better place for sure"
"It's been really empowering for students to learn how to look after their own wellbeing...and provide support to their peers."