Verd de Gris short films for Children and Young People Part.2

Commissioned through the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Local Transformation Plan, Verd de Gris Arts have worked with film maker Geoff Brokate to produce 5 short films with children and young people in Calderdale.

These films focus on a range of subjects including self-harm, sexuality and identity, and neurological disorders as well as the impact that Covid-19 pandemic has had on children and young people in Calderdale.

The films will be hosted on Vimeo:

The last two films from this set are now available to view.

Me, Poetry and the Crisis Point  (password: realtimetalk) features Phoebe. Phoebe’s story is remarkably open and honest. Her wisdom and strength are there for all to see, not to mention her incredible gifts as a poet and artist. Her story deals with issues around suicide and self-harm and comes with a trigger warning. Phoebe discusses the importance of services in helping those who are in need, but ultimately it is Phoebe’s inner strength that shines through.

Me, a GPS and the Failing Government features Josh. Josh speaks about the challenges of youth stereotypes: the lazy assumptions around motivation and engagement. Josh also speaks about being disenfranchised from the decision-making process created by governments that perhaps don’t really understand what the demands and needs of young people are.

Previously released:

Local film ‘Youth & Covid-19features children and young people from different backgrounds and cultures across Calderdale, discussing the immediate effects of lockdown, the closure of schools and the impact of self-isolation.

I Am Not My Tourettes (password – Realtimetalk) features Beth. Beth lives her life with Tourettes but despite its challenges she strives to live a fulfilling life. She is remarkably open and honest about her experiences, most notably she discusses how ignorant society can be and the abuse she receives from the wider community.

Me, Fluidity & Unsocial Media‘ featuring Jed. Jed is a self-assured and caring young man who perfectly embodies the notion that we help our friends when they are down. In this tender and heart-warming film Jed admirably opens up about the pressures of social media and coming out as gay.

You can watch the film here: https://vimeo.com/473549420  (password: realtimetalk)

Next steps… On March 24th 2021 at 16:00 Verd de Gris Arts will be hosting an online screening event where guest speakers including the young people will attend, supported by Calderdale Open Minds Partnership, to discuss issues raised by the films. If you would like to attend this online screening event then please contact Jeff on jeff.vdg@btinternet.com or via mobile: 07926 978651.

Open Minds Calderdale

Verd de Gris short films for Children and Young People

Commissioned through the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Local Transformation Plan, Verd de Gris Arts have worked with film maker Geoff Brokate to produce 5 short films with children and young people in Calderdale.

These films focus on a range of subjects including self-harm, sexuality and identity, and neurological disorders as well as the impact that Covid-19 pandemic has had on children and young people in Calderdale.

Three of these films are released for you to view with the next two to be announced shortly. The films will be hosted on Vimeo:

Local film ‘Youth & Covid-19features children and young people from different backgrounds and cultures across Calderdale, discussing the immediate effects of lockdown, the closure of schools and the impact of self-isolation.

I Am Not My Tourettes (password – Realtimetalk) features Beth. Beth lives her life with Tourettes but despite its challenges she strives to live a fulfilling life. She is remarkably open and honest about her experiences, most notably she discusses how ignorant society can be and the abuse she receives from the wider community.

Me, Fluidity & Unsocial Media‘ featuring Jed. Jed is a self-assured and caring young man who perfectly embodies the notion that we help our friends when they are down. In this tender and heart-warming film Jed admirably opens up about the pressures of social media and coming out as gay.

You can watch the film here: https://vimeo.com/473549420  (password: realtimetalk)

Next steps… On March 24th 2021 at 16:00 Verd de Gris Arts will be hosting an online screening event where guest speakers including the young people will attend, supported by Calderdale Open Minds Partnership, to discuss issues raised by the films. If you would like to attend this online screening event then please contact Jeff on jeff.vdg@btinternet.com or via mobile: 07926 978651.

Open Minds Calderdale

Don’t Do It Alone – support for children and young people’s mental health

To kick off Children’s Mental Health Week, Kooth has launched their latest social media campaign: Don’t Do It Alone.

This campaign aims to reduce the stigma around accessing mental health support, as social media stars Chunkz, Amelia Dimz, Riyadh Khalaf, Jax Jones, and Joy Crookes talk about the things they do alone, and how dealing with mental health is not one of them.

With a feature in the Metro, this campaign is something we’d like to spread the word about to all young people across the North West and the rest of the UK.

We invite you to check out the campaign video here. Please do share this with any young people you work with.

For extra resources, you can check out the campaign resources page here. This includes handy guides on talking to young people about mental health, social media images and copy, and some Kooth promotional materials.

Remember you can book a session with Kooth at absolutely any time, whether it’s Kooth training for staff or to speak directly with your young people about the mental health and wellbeing support our service can offer them.

Please find the 2021 programme of Kooth sessions below, which you can request to book anything from emailing Ophelia Murphy (she/her) omurphy@kooth.com.

Kooth Program of Sessions Calderdale

 

Thank you for checking out the Don’t Do It Alone campaign, the more we share this message out the more we can normalise mental health conversations with young people.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2021

There is a wealth of resources and events taking place at https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/ this week and always.

Children’s Mental Health Week is taking place on 1-7 February 2021.This year’s theme is Express Yourself. All of our free resources can be adapted for use in school, for home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning.. Please add the dates to your calendar and sign up for email alerts for the latest Children’s Mental Health Week news.

www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk

There are also some activity sheets that you can download from the website that may be interesting:

http://www.timeoutcalderdale.co.uk/activities.html

Keep an eye on the website as we will add to it when we find activities.

There are also some great downloads on the Place2Be in the Parents and Schools sections:

https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk

We Be Kids bank of activities, stores and mindfulness and yoga sessions are available and free at www.webekids.net.

Children’s Mental Health Week 4-10 February 2019

This Children’s Mental Health Week, Place2Be will be taking steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out.

Place2Be is encouraging children, young people and adults to look after their bodies and their minds – and you can join in!

It doesn’t have to be difficult. Our bodies and minds are connected, so simple things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing too.

When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies – our physical wellbeing – through food, being active and getting enough sleep.

However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too.

Our bodies and minds are actually very closely linked, so things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing as well. When we take steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out, it helps us to feel better in ourselves, focus on what we want to do and deal with difficult times.

We know from our work in schools that children in every class have diagnosable mental health conditions and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. Whether you’re someone who works with children, a parent or carer, passionate about spreading the word, or keen to raise vital funds for Place2Be you can get involved and help us reach as many people as possible.

Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity providing school-based support and in-depth training programmes to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.

They currently provide mental health support in 294 primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland and Wales, reaching 142,000 children and young people.

Last year, 232 schools took part in an in-depth ‘Mental Health Champions’ programmes, equipping school leaders, teachers and staff with the skills and confidence to support pupils’ mental health.

1,044 child counsellors took part in training – from introductory sessions to our Masters programme, building an ever-growing body of professionals who specialise in working with children and young people.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2018

Just a reminder that 5-11 February 2018 is Children’s Mental Health Week.

This year the week was launched by the Royal Patron the Duchess of Cambridge who spoke to pupils, parents and teachers about ‘Being Ourselves’

 

Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to support children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. Now in its fourth year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2018 – #BeingOurselves

Some children and young people can find it difficult to think positively about themselves. Low self-esteem affects more than 8 in 10 of the pupils who have Place2Be one-to-one support.

That’s why this Children’s Mental Health Week (5-11 February 2018) Place2Be is highlighting the importance of ‘Being Ourselves’. Place2Be is inviting everyone – children, young people and adults – to come together and celebrate the unique qualities and strengths in themselves and others.

When we have a positive view of ourselves, it can help us to cope with life’s challenges and make better connections with others.

At the same time, celebrating the unique strengths of the people around us can enable us to come together in our schools, workplaces and communities.

Whether you’re a parent, someone who works with children, or even just someone who is passionate about supporting children and young people’s mental health – you can support the campaign by getting involved and spreading the word.

Let’s celebrate ‘Being Ourselves’ together.