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Wellbeing 2: mental wellbeing

5 May 2016




After yesterday’s look at physical activity, today we focus on another important aspect of our wellbeing…

Better mental health helps people feel more confident, energetic and able to take part in other activities. We wanted, through Wellbeing 2, to help adults and children build social contacts to help improve their mental wellbeing.


What the funding delivered

  • 54% of young people supported through the programme said they had felt positive changes in their mental wellbeing.
  • Around one in three people who reported symptoms of depression at the beginning of their involvement no longer had those symptoms when their involvement ended.
  • 10% more people reported feeling optimistic about the future ‘often or all of the time’.


What can Wellbeing 2 tell us about mental wellbeing?

Providing adequate time for engaging participants – speaking to them about what they’d like to do and what they’d like to achieve, before launching into the work can pay dividends longer term.

  1. Projects that transfer ownership and a sense of responsibility for the activities to their participants often have a strong impact. The sense of responsibility for activities can, in itself, be a cause of improved wellbeing.
  2. In the same vein, good projects train and support peer educators.
  3. Train the trainer! Good projects identify leaders to continue the work in their local area after initial funding has finished.
  4. Engaging people with lived experience of mental health problems helps to convey key messages and reduces stigma.


The funding in action

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As part of its Children and Young People’s project, Mind helped deliver a range of awareness raising activities and campaigns through its Time to Change portfolio. The schools project worked with 25 schools across five regions. Young leaders, aged 14-16, were recruited and trained to run mental health awareness activities and anti-stigma campaigns.

“It got the whole college environment really involved. It gave a nice vibe to the college. It opened everyone’s eyes to mental health stigma and discrimination. They can understand it more and have an idea of what people with mental health problems are going through, whereas before they just probably wouldn’t really understand and wouldn’t really care.” Young Leader

The Young Leaders ran campaigns to coincide with World Mental Health Day and Time to Talk Day, as well as organising a pop-up village event.

Before I became involved with Time to Change I was ashamed of every single part of my experience.” One young person with a mental health problem.

By the end of the grant, the portfolio had reached 28,754 children and young people. 19% of young people surveyed (across three schools) said they had spipad download May 14 373oken about mental health in the last month and 41% talked about mental health to friends or family.

I’ll see people, who I probably would previously have been like, ‘oh my god, I’m not going up to them’ and I’ll purposefully go up to that person and talk to them, because I don’t judge a book by its cover anymore.” A Young Involvement Worker.


See for yourself

Also from Mind, this video focuses on 300 Voices, a project working with African and Caribbean men in Birmingham to tackle mental health stigma. Mind worked with the Police, the local NHS Trust and the Local Authority.


If you missed it…

The background to Wellbeing 2 can be found here.

Our blog on physical activity can be found here.

Our blog on healthy eating can be found here.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 22 September 2016 1:57 pm

    Can anyone help me in regards to finding out how to guest blog on any charity run mental health sites. Feeling a tad lost in the sea of charities.

    • Big Lottery Fund permalink*
      28 September 2016 1:14 pm

      Could you maybe follow the sites on social media, and try to contact them that way? Or check their websites for contact details.


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