Our volunteers are students at various universities across the country, all passionate about mental health and eager to teach pupils at schools all about it.
Which universities do you have branches at?
Currently, we are at six universities - Barts and The London (Queen Mary's), Imperial College London, King's College London, University College London, University of Cambridge, and University of York. We are always looking to expand, so if you are a university student interested in starting an OpenMinds branch, definitely get in touch!
My school would like to host your workshops - what do I do?
If your school is in London, York, or Cambridge, get in touch with us via the form here and we will get back to you as soon as possible. The whole process is simple and involves finding you a branch closest to you, deciding on the topics you would like our volunteers to cover, as well as sorting out the dates when both yourself and our volunteers are available.
What age group do you target?
We predominantly focus on Year 9 students. This is the critical age when pupils are old enough to understand complex issues such as mental health and at the same time young enough to catch them before most mental health issues develop.
How do you know your workshops work?
The data we collected to evaluate the Open Minds programme show that the knowledge and feelings of pupils towards mental health improved following our workshops. Pupils also reported they liked being taught by university students. If you are interested in learning more about the evidence behind OpenMinds' effectiveness, you can read the study we published in the Journal of Prevention Science here.
Do all your volunteers have DBS checks?
The vast majority of our volunteers have been DBS checked. A small number of our volunteers might not be. However, all of our volunteers attended a child safeguarding course and passed a safeguarding assessment. If you would like to run your own checks on our volunteers, you can request volunteers' details from the Open Minds branch providing your workshops.