Blue Dot is mental health campaign by young people for young people that combats the stereotyping of mental health, and aims to educate and signpost young people. The project is designed by young people and was run by a group of volunteers from 2015 to 2017. The campaign included workshops that were delivered to over 1,000 16-17-year-olds in Sheffield.
Blue Dot helps young people to be better friends.
Element are seeking funding to initiate a peer to peer learning approach allows the young volunteers pass on skills to other young people, who will then use and share the advice back into their own communities.
This grant will allow the team to:
– develop the content of the awareness activities
– design new and improved materials
– recruit and train new volunteers
– cover volunteer expenses
– deliver the workshop to at least 240 new young people in Sheffield
– create brochures to recruit future volunteers
– buy essential equipment
– print materials
Our Theory of change sets out many needs for young people. This project specifically addresses:
– Young people who have limited mental health and well-being support
This is because:
– Schools have little education or support on mental health for young people, potentially due to a necessary focus on academic scores
– Current support services are saturated by demand, exacerbated by funding cuts
Instead of replicating existing services, the project focuses on developing mental health support capacity within young people as a community. Blue Dot educates young people on how to be supportive to others who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.
Recent NHS research shows that approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.
The overall number of people with mental health problems has not changed significantly in recent years but it appears that ways in which people cope with mental health problems are getting worse, as the number of people who self-harm or have suicidal thoughts is increasing.