#amillionhands | Mental health and wellbeing activities

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This week, we’re looking at activities from the #amillionhands resource pack which will help your young people improve and understand mental health and wellbeing. Have a go at these activities with your section, and let us know how you're getting on.

Gap-fill exercise

Get your young people to fill out the gaps in the handout from the resource pack, and get them to understand some of the terminology and language relating to mental health.

Suitable for: 

  • Beavers
  • Cubs
  • Scouts
  • Explorers
  • Network 

You will need: 

  • A copy of the gapped hand outs from the resource packs
  • Post-it notes (optional)
  • Flipchart paper (optional)
  • Marker pens (optional)

What to do: 

  • Introduce the topic of mental health to your section. 
  • Split the section into small groups and provide them either with individual copies of the hand-out or with a larger copy on flip-chart paper, with the words on post it notes. 
  • Once the young people have finished filling out the gaps, discuss the answers with them. Ask if there was anything which surprised them or which they weren’t expecting, and record their feedback. 
  • Beavers and Cubs may need extra support with this activity to help them understand the terminology. Playing this in larger groups on flipchart paper will work well. 

Put your hands up if… 

Help your young people understand that, just as we all have physical health, everyone has mental health too. 

Suitable for: 

  • Cubs
  • Scouts
  • Explorers
  • Network 

What to do: 

  • This activity works well as a quick introduction in looking at mental health, and increasing the understanding of your section about what the term actually means. 

Start by asking your section: 

Put your hand up…if you have physical health! (Hopefully, all hands will go up.) 

Then: 

Put your hand up…if you have mental health! (Usually, very few hands go up). 

Try some of the following to help your section consider what mental health actually means: 

Put your hand up if…you’ve felt happy in the last week

…if you’ve felt low in the last month

…if you enjoy playing football

…if you get stressed before exams. 

  • You can explain to your section that this is their mental health. We all have physical health, just as we all have mental health. Some people become unwell physically and mentally, but we can look after our mental health as we do our physical.

We hope you enjoy these activities. Let us know how you're getting on via the website.

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