Olivia Howarth from SLaM talks about the success of ‘The Happy Heads Festival’
In July, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) teamed up with Maudsley Learning to create ‘The Happy Heads Festival’, which included a variety of workshops, advice from mental health professionals, demonstrations and live music.
Teenagers got the chance to discover how to DJ, take part in a creative writing workshop and find out more about photography, all while learning how to look after their mental health and improve their general happiness.
Improving the mental health and wellbeing of youngsters in a fun environment is incredibly rewarding.
Some of the most popular workshops included a photography skills workshop run by PhotoVoice, and spoken word workshop run by the talented poet, iamGreeds.
Festival coordinator, Olivia Howarth said: “The event was a fantastic success. We were thrilled to have such a great turn out and see so many young people engaged in activities. Improving the mental health and wellbeing of youngsters in a fun environment is incredibly rewarding.
“We want our young population to benefit from the mental health expertise available across SLaM and our partners, and we will continue to promote this invaluable work.”
SLaM has been working with Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity committee to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Young Minds is currently promoting a campaign which helps identify key areas of concern for teenagers, including bullying, stress and unemployment. These issues, which are extremely common but can be difficult to discuss, were explored through innovative workshops and creative activities led by young representatives from the charity.
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More information: http://happy-heads.org
Twitter: @happyheadsfest #happyheads