Sunday 10th October 2021 is #WorldMentalHealthDay– whilst your mental health is important every single day, we think today is the perfect opportunity to acknowledge and remember the importance of you and your wellbeing. We’ve pulled together a handy mental health resource, a list of mental health organisations and activists that might be helpful for you to know, check out and connect with.
You can download this resource HERE.
Mental Health and well-being is even more important in the midst of the remaining pandemic fall out and its impact on each and every one of us. We’ve existed in this state of uncertainty and fight or flight for such a long period, that it’s only natural that in this survival mode, mental health challenges arise, emotional resilience lessens, burn out is common alongside fatigue and we might not feel our usual selves.
It’s a common shared feeling right now and it’s ok.
We are feeling this emotional fatigue too and seeing it across our work! Enabling and supporting good mental health and well-being is an important element in all our projects and we’ve certainly seen the increase in the need for our work, the impact of the pandemic on mental health and its positive impact supporting young people and the people in our network, make sense of the world right now.
But, days like today, are perfect to take a step back, check in and be kind to yourself and think about practical things we can allput in place to scaffold a brighter tomorrow that has personal well-being as a priority. May be, a lazy Sunday, is exactly what your brain needs right now!?
We’ve been going through that process as a company, as a team and as individuals. Taking a step back, knowing the uncertainty is set to continue, making it conscious what we need right now to protect ourselves and those around us, whilst we realign, reboot, redesign, reconnect and re-emerge into a changed world.
Mental health conversations are common with the young people we work with, it’s important to keep talking about it and it repeatedly is a core topic in our theatre shows. Ahead of World Mental Health Day, we turned to a the young people of Northumberland and asked them to share with us, either some advice or a positive affirmation, that they would say to themselves or someone else on a challenging day. We had so many contributions and thought today was the perfect opportunity to share them with you all. Reading them was a pure dose of positivity for our facilitators and we are sure, they will make you smile too.
World Mental Health Day is also the perfect opportunity to highlight some other things you can access through us right now for free, that will support your mental health and well-being and/or those around you...
When The World Is Loud - our audio theatre experience to help you drown out the noise of the modern world. Anybody, any age, anywhere can listen. All you need is a phone and headphones, and we’ll take care of the rest. Free to access – donations welcome!
Let Us Tell You - a coming together of young people’s powerful voices in two inspirational and uplifting films; an invitation to step inside their thought provoking and sometimes imaginary worlds.
Resilience in Uncertainty – micro video workshop exploring modern “tigers” #1
Resilience in Uncertainty – micro video workshop exploring modern “caves” #2
Writing For Mindfulness – an online workshop with Melva writer Danielle Burn
Melva’s Pandemic Worrits Resource - a collection of things Melva has found helpful during the pandemic; you can use it to support the children in your life when they feel worrity.
So Happy World Mental Health Day 2021 – look after yourself and one another – If you have any affirmations or wellbeing advice you’d like to share with us, you can do so via your preferred social media channel @MortalFoolsUK or you can drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect and say a digital hello!
We took a group of our young people to Northumberland Pride 2021 – you can see how we got on in our Creative Catalyst Highlight on Insta. Our young leaders performed on the Pride main stage and we hosted creative activities that enabled us to chat to and connect with well over 100 young people across the day. We had a blast!
11th October is National Coming Out Day – a day all about celebrating queer identities and the moment (for some!) of being able to be their true selves. It’s a visibility day for queer folx and anyone in the LGBTQIA+ community and reminds everyone of the enormity of that “coming out” moment. Coming out for many young people is a HUGE deal and a massive moment.
We saw some of that enormity and tentative steps, from some of the young people we chatted to at Northumberland Pride – attending was a big deal to them and an important step in their journey and allyship. As part of our pop up at Northumberland Pride, we invited young people, to share their advice to folx nervous about attending their first Pride and we thought National Coming Out Day was the perfect day to share some of those insights and pieces of advice, to encourage and reassure any young people, curious but nervous about attending, that Pride is a wonderful thing to be a part of.
So, these are pieces of advice from Northumberland Young people, for other young people nervous about attending their first Pride in the future…
Well, that’s a dose of Pride positivity right there, we can’t wait for Northumberland Pride 2022 and will certainly be attending again. And we encourage Northumberland young people to check it out too!