This World Mental Health Day saw the official launch of Chilypep’s mental Health First Aid Kits at Barnsley Town Hall.
Hundreds of children, young people, Chilypep group members and service representatives gathered at the Town Hall for the launch of the kits, which will be distributed to schools and colleges around South Yorkshire.
The kits contain coping techniques and emotional wellbeing top tips including stress balls, materials to make a glitter jar, lavender dough and a fidget cubes as well as positive affirmations and inspiring quotes from other young people.
Pupils from local schools and colleges came together to celebrate World Mental Health Day and take part in drumming workshops, creative craft sessions and watch live music and spoken word poetry.
The campaign and event is part of a wider effort to improve Barnsley’s mental health services for young people under the Local Area Transformation Plan and Future in Mind, funded by Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group.
The event was opened by the Mayor of Barnsley who urged young people to talk about their mental health and Labour MP for Barnsley Dan Jarvis commented on the event: “Mental health affects us all. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people will suffer from poor mental health at some point in their lives. We all know someone who has struggled with mental health.
“For far too long there has been a stigma attached to mental health. Too many people feel worried about coming forward and talking about it. But whilst we still have a long way to go to achieve parity of esteem between physical and mental health, I am heartened by the progress we have made. Mental health is finally being seen as a top priority and that is because organisations like Chilypep and Hear My Voice have tirelessly advocated for it. I want to thank them for putting on this event.”
Chilypep, in partnership with Hear My Voice and Experience Barnsley Museums, collected the views and opinions of young people, calling for them to write their opinions about mental health, coping mechanisms and what makes them stressed on the display cabinets in the museum.
The event also saw the launch of the OASIS group manifesto which includes key consultation findings and recommendations from young people abou how mental health services for young people can be improved in Barnsley. To read more and download the manifesto here.
Chilypep would like to thank all the services, organisations, young people and schools who cam to the event. Together we will create mental health friendly Barnsley!