After the break we moved on to the mental health workshops which were run by Gofal. There were 3 workshops;
- The impact of poor mental health
- Improving mental health
- Identifying poor mental health and triggers
All young people attended each workshop for 30 mins and after lunch produced a creative piece about what they had learnt from the day. Before I get to that- LUNCH! OH MY, lunch was amazing! There was jerk chicken wings, kebabs and wraps (if you liked the spice you were in for a treat) we had chicken mayo wraps, dumplings, halloumi, Caribbean bites, upside down pineapple cake and for the healthier option there was a colourful salad. A massive thank you has to go out to the Irish Shack for putting this all together- absolutely nothing went to waste, young people took plates home and took what was left around Newport to hand out to the homeless.
The young people who attend the day were of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and genders and all had one thing in common- to get rid of the stigma around mental health in young people by using creative arts. The young people working on this project are phenomenal and at Youth Cymru we are so excited to see what they create between now and June 2019.