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Happy Heads Festival for young people’s wellbeing

21.07.14 Categories: How donations help, News, Young people

Hundreds of teenagers are invited to take part in the Happy Heads festival, a unique event dedicated to improving mental health in young people. 

Reaching out

SLaM is working with Maudsley Learning, a dynamic social enterprise which supports learning in mental health and wellbeing, to bring together live music, a variety of fun workshops and advice from mental health representatives. The Happy Heads festival is able to take place thanks to donations.

Come along to the Maudsley Learning Centre (ORTUS) in Camberwell between 12 – 4pm on 26th July to experience this unique event!

Getting creative

Teenagers can learn how to DJ, take part in a creative writing workshop and find out more about photography while learning how to improve their general happiness and look after their mental health.

‘The wider long-term benefits of promoting mental wellbeing in young people, as well as the potential savings to the NHS in the future are well understood and widely acknowledged,’ says Olivia Howarth, Happy Heads Festival Coordinator at SLaM.

‘It is vital that we start engaging with the local population at an early age as this could be the next generation of mental health service users.’

Tackling teenage challenges

SLaM has been working with Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Young Minds is currently promoting a campaign which helps identify key areas of concern for teenagers including bullying, stress and unemployment.

These issues, which are extremely common but can be difficult to discuss, will be explored through innovative workshops and creative activities led by young representatives from the charity.

Saffron Worrell is an activist for Young Minds and a UK youth parliament representative for Lewisham.

‘I have suffered from many periods of depression since the age of 13, which have left me feeling alone and confused. I think the Happy Heads festival is a brilliant idea because it promotes positive mental health in a fun and educational way which is the best way to learn about it’, she says.

To find out more about the Happy Heads festival or to register online, visit www.happy-heads.org

The first 250 teenagers to register online or on the day will be offered delicious Mexican street food.