what we DO
WHAT WE DO
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.
Our workshops aim to start the conversation on the topic of mental health, the stigma associated with it, and how one can help themselves and their friends when they feel they might be going through mental health issues.
Each of our branches provides a selection of workshops. While these vary between the different volunteer groups, most of our branches provide workshops on the following: