Starting a young leaders group will make a huge difference in changing the way we all think and act about mental health. You can run a campaign with a group of like-minded young people who want to challenge stigma and discrimination. Activities you could do include tea mornings, cake sales, notice boards with pledges, activities with other students or running assemblies.

We have step-by-step guides to take you through running your own campaign in a school or community setting.

What have other young leaders done?

Sophie

“I established a ‘Student Well-being Association’ to raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce stigma surrounding them, and working to improve the emotional wellbeing of students.

We were deeply pleased and surprised by the number of people sharing a similar passion for mental health awareness, as well as the number of people who have been affected by mental illness in some way.

Throughout the year, we have utilised Time to Change resources and have encouraged students to read them at our events, and in turn become more educated.

On Time to Talk Day, we ran a talking workshop amongst Sixth Form students, providing an opportunity to discuss views about mental illness and creating large pieces of card answering five key questions about mental health, as well as creating tips about how to reduce stigma.

The work I have done at school has helped me gradually accept my problems and seek help without shame or fear of appearing ‘weak’ or a failure.”

– Sophie Davies, Student, Dover Grammar School for Girls