East Devon based mental health awareness organisation receives National Lottery Community Fund grant

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Posted Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 5:40pm

East Devon based HeadsUP Mental Health Awareness Ltd has received a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. The grant will allow HeadsUP to deliver mental health awareness sessions in schools and youth groups across East Devon and Exeter.

The delivery of sessions has already started and securing The National Lottery Community Funding will allow HeadsUP to extend its programmes to benefit more young people in the area over the next 12 months.

The main aims of the sessions are:

1) To allow young people to confidently talk about mental health

2) To empower and equip young people to look after their mental health

3) To educate young people on the positive relationship between mental and physical health

“We want everyone talking about their mental health as freely as we talk about our physical health.

Young people get taught to look after their physical health, we want to teach them how to look after their mental health, which is equally important. We believe you can’t be too young to start looking after your mental health and so we will be offering sessions to all groups throughout primary, secondary and college ages.

There is increasing evidence of a real link between physical and mental health and communicating this effectively to young people is really important for their long-term future,” said Paula Baker, Founder at HeadsUP.

As well as the free one-off sessions funded by the Lottery, HeadsUP will be offering tailor made small group or individual sessions to cover issues such as:

  • Transitioning from Primary to Secondary school
  • Building resilience 
  • Exam & SATs stress and coping mechanisms
  • Bullying
  • Technology & Mental Health 
  • Supporting peers & family with mental illness 
  • Anxiety and low mood

For more information on HeadsUP please visit: www.headsupmha.com