Blogpost by Annabel Goddard and Jemma Cox – Poole High Students who spent two weeks placement with us.
During Mental Health Awareness week, Dorset Mind attended various events to spread awareness about the effects of stress on our lives.
Mental Health Awareness Week preperation – Monday 14th
First of all, we organised leaflets and advice books to put on awareness stands. We focused on the booklets for stress, the theme of Mental health Awareness week 2018.
In addition to counting the money from previous events and organising some leaflets, we took photos of the #istressless petals made by school students. These involved ways students like to de-stress, one on each petal of the flower.
Tuesday 15th May
On the second day of Mental Health Awareness Week, we went to John Lewis at Home in Poole to fundraise and spread awareness about Dorset Mind. We set up a stand with leaflets and information for people to take away about how to understand mental health issues.
In addition to this, we also ran workshops in the Dolphin Centre’s Eco Hub. The activities we ran aimed to get people thinking about the way they de-stress. This included making more #istressless petals.
Wednesday 16th May
On Wednesday we attended a conference on self-harm at the BU Executive Business centre. It featured information about the causes of self-harm and the impact of mentoring by older children in schools. This helped us understand more about young people and mental health.
The talk by Sophie Cook was noteworthy because her bravery to talk about her experiences was inspiring to everyone. Furthermore, there were workshops about living with mental health issues and programmes for schools to help young people.
Additionally, we attended the Dorset Healthcare Wellbeing event at Poole Lighthouse. There, we listened to stories from carers and family members taking care of someone. We also offered them information and support.
Thursday 17th May
Then we went to Haskins in Ferndown, who were our charity partner in 2017, to set up a stand and put out more booklets and advice leaflets. We helped to show how Dorset Mind can help a family member by passing on booklets and leaflets. This helped raise awareness for Mental Health Awareness week.
On Saturday, ‘Life Experiences With’ held an event with Anthony Joshua, world heavyweight champion. This included a meet and greet opportunity in addition to live entertainment and a charity auction that raised £6,318 including a £2,000 match-fund donation from Barclays.
In conclusion, this week was successful. We raised donations and helped spread awareness about mental health and the affect stress can have on anyone.
For more information on events that Dorset Mind are involved in, look at our events calendar.