OpenMinds is a student-led intervention, providing mental health education to school students by training university students to deliver workshops in local schools.
We aim to:
Provide university and school students with mental health education to improve mental health treatment-seeking behaviours.
Reduce stigma associated with mental illness by enhancing knowledge and positively influencing attitudes and behaviours in university and school students.
Promote awareness of mental illness in school and university students, and support leadership among the student body.
Recognise signs of mental illness in themselves, family, and friends.
Provide students with key information about where to get help.
Improve understanding of mental health as an essential component of overall well-being.
Challenge negative stereotypes of people with mental health issues.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT OPENMINDS
OpenMinds is student-led and sustainable. Our workshops are creative, flexible and original. The simplicity of our implementation allows OpenMinds to be low cost, and easy to set up and run. Our approach can be replicated in virtually any university, addressing the shortage of mental health education in schools and universities.
Moreover, our workshops are supported by evidence. We published a study in the Journal of Prevention Science that showed pupils' knowledge and attitudes improved following OpenMinds workshops.