MALTA GIRL GUIDES EMBARK ON MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN

To mark the World Mental Health Day, celebrated on the 10th of October, the Malta Girl Guides (MGG) came up with a campaign titled Marvellous Minds. The campaign targets stigma related to mental health amongst the members of the Malta Girl Guides, as well as society in general.

The World Federation of Mental Health has announced that this year’s Mental Health Day theme will focus on young people and mental health in a changing world. MGG’s contribution will be organising a national camp for all members aged 14 years and older. Apart from promoting adventure and physical activity, it will focus on the benefits of outdoor activities and being at one with nature on people’s mental wellbeing. Some of the activities that in this camp will be a music jamming session, a yoga session, and an arts workshop teaching to use creative media. A coping strategies workshop, a mindfulness scavenger hunt and a laser tag tournament will be offered for the young members to experience how physical activities can promote mental health.

MGG believes that taking care of mental health is as important as physical health. This is why it is looking to equip young people with skills such as resiliency, self-care and the ability to advocate. MGG received funding from Aġenzija Żgħażagħ’s Be Active Scheme for this campaign. A part of it is developing a Marvellous Minds curriculum – a non-formal educational programme for all MGG members to be able to develop awareness about mental health. This badge curriculum is adapted to suit the different age groups that make up the association which welcomes girls and women who are four years or older.

In collaboration with Richmond Foundation, the association will offer all leaders and adult volunteer a mental health first aid training programme. MGG has previously carried out campaigns on self-esteem, intimate partner violence, promotion of girls engaging in science, and Down syndrome awareness.

The campaign will start with a national camp for Rangers Guides (14-18 years old) which will take place between the 26th and 28th of October, within the lush grounds surrounding the Verdala Presidential Palace. The campaign will be officially launched on Saturday evening with a campfire for MGG members and distinguished guests. Gaby Meli, Programme Commissioner, is happy to provide more information on mobile number 99054802 or email address programme@maltagirlguides.com

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