BL OpenMinds, a volunteering society is open to all students who have an interest in mental health awareness and education.
OpenMinds is a student-led intervention, providing mental health education to school students by training university students to deliver workshops in local schools.
We aim to:
To provide university and school students with mental health education to improve mental health treatment-seeking behaviours.
To reduce stigma associated with mental illness by enhancing knowledge and positively influencing attitudes and behaviours in university and school students.
Promote awareness of mental illness in school and university students, and support leadership among the student body.
Recognise signs of mental illness in themselves, family and friends.
Provide students with key information about where to get help.
Improve understanding of mental health as an essential component of overall well-being.
Challenge negative stereotypes of people with mental health issues.
The programme this year will include:
CRASH COURSE - 6 sessions where volunteers will learn about 6 different mental health topics, taught by a mental health specialist (e.g. psychiatrist) - October/ November
HOW TO TEACH - 1 session where volunteers will learn how to teach, develop lesson plans etc based on the topics covered during the crash course sessions - Mid November
SCHOOL VISITS - After developing lesson plans during the 'how to teach' session, volunteers will visit local schools in small groups and teach secondary school children about mental health topics - January onwards
Our first information evening is on Tuesday 5th October at 17:30 – 18:30 in the Garrod Room 1.21.