Over 100 teens set out to raise awareness of the importance of positive mental health Sunday, as part of Project ImpACT’s ‘Wellbeing Walk’ initiative. The walk saw the volunteers interact on their socially distanced walk through the snow with the help of the Strava app.
Ahead of the walk itself, the Project impact supporters joined a Zoom Wellbeing session, which began with a talk by the renowned resident Mail on Sunday and Sky News GP Dr. Ellie Cannon. Dr Cannon spoke to the teens about the importance of mental health wellbeing and exercise and explained to the teens how vital it is to take care of our mental health and wellbeing. The teens then heard from the inspirational mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin MBE. Jonny shared his story and his personal challenges with mental health when he was in his teens and how he continues to manage his mental health by introducing exercises such as breathing mechanisms as well as removing the stigma of discussing mental health and wellbeing. He is passionate about mental health and founded the organisation Now and Beyond, that support the wellbeing of young people.
The teens also watched a short clip made by ImpACT ambassadors which included some top tips for wellbeing such as being kind to yourself, acceptance, exercise, and positive thoughts.
The Project ImpACT teens braved the wintery conditions on their socially distanced walk, sharing photos and feedback on their progress throughout.
Project ImpACT founder Chayli Fehler said of the Wellbeing Walk initiative: “Project ImpACT teens were very inspired by our expert speakers, who gave such valuable insight into recognising the importance of positive mental health and how we can work to achieve it. Our youth are the best possible ambassadors for this important message and we encourage them to pass it on into the wider community.”
Project ImpACT has various volunteering opportunities for teens during lockdown, including weekly cooking for homeless shelters and food banks, leading virtual activities and art sessions at care homes with Jewish Care and Norwood and making care packages for those who are isolating. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project ImpACT engages and inspires teens to develop an outward and active approach to helping others less fortunate and to grow into community-focused leaders.
Project ImpACT inspires and empowers teens to make an impact in their community and beyond through volunteering and social action.
Project ImpACT inspires and empowers teens to develop an active approach to helping others less fortunate, and make an impact in their community and beyond through volunteering and social action.