The aim of my session was to support young people in thinking about how to promote their own wellbeing.
It was a very simple activity where we worked through the key elements of a Wellbeing Action Plan. So we considered:
• What makes us happy / keeps us well?
• What should we try to do or avoid each day to keep us well?
• What triggers and challenges might we face?
• What signs might alert us that we, or a friend, need extra support?
• What should be our next steps?
I printed each focus, with a few prompts, and put it in the middle of large flipchart paper. We broke into groups and had a few minutes to work on each question in turn. Once ideas were running less thick and fast, everyone had a chance to look at the other groups’ work and to highlight or tick the ideas they especially liked. We shared the very best ideas back as a group.
We continued this process as a group until we’d done all of the questions.
At the end, we discussed how to ask for help, and I send everyone away with a flyer highlighting sources of support and how to have the first conversation at difficult times. I also gave everyone the chance to leave final thoughts, questions, opinions or ideas in Margo the Worry Monster anonymously.