MENTAL HEALTH LITERACY PROGRAM
Mind Matters Network xStella Maris International School
Bringing together a group of like-minded youth, Mind Matters Network (MMN) kickstarted their inaugural Mental Health Literacy Programme at Stella Maris International School on May 13, 2023. A total of 25 students between the ages of 13 and 15 attended the event. The purpose of the Mental Health Literacy Programme was to create a network of mental health-literate individuals who are able to promote well-being within themselves and their communities. By fostering a fun and inclusive learning environment, the programme aimed to break the stigma surrounding mental health and encourage open conversations by educating the youth on a variety of topics such as mental health disorders, body positivity and active listening.
The programme’s itinerary was carefully designed to ensure active engagement and thought-provoking learning experiences. Hands-on activities and interactive roleplays were incorporated to spark meaningful conversations and discussions among the students. This approach aimed to create a safe space for young individuals to explore the complexities of mental health. By utilising relatable materials and examples, the organisers also ensured that the content resonated with the students’ experiences. This method proved crucial in capturing the attention and interest of the participants, creating a positive learning environment.
During the programme, MMN observed that this age group of participants may have had limited exposure to mental health topics. Many students were unfamiliar with terms such as anxiety and bipolar disorder. However, with their curiosity and willingness to learn about mental health and MMN’s success in developing a nurturing environment, students were able to freely discuss mental health topics and broaden their understanding. To support the students’ continuous learning about mental health, MMN provided bite-sized take-home materials. The organisation also distributed handbooks ensuring that the knowledge gained during the programme could be reinforced and shared.
MMN’s Mental Health Literacy Programme was a testament to the importance of early intervention and education on mental health. As MMN continues to implement their Mental Health Literacy Programmes, they remain committed to cultivating a network of mental health advocates and empowering the youth with mental health awareness and literacy. The event at Stella Maris International School served as a valuable learning experience for both the organisers and the participants, solidifying the significance of mental health literacy in shaping a healthier and more compassionate society.
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