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Tender's New High5 Campaign

Tender's Youth Board have been hard at work developing High5; a campaign focusing on self-care and how a healthy relationship with ourselves can help sustain the support we give to other people.

Last month Tender embarked on ‘Self-Care September’; a month that was dedicated to discussing mental health and engaging in activities that encouraged us to reflect on our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. The prevalence and effects of mental ill-health isn’t something to be overlooked and, particularly when talking about domestic abuse and sexual violence, we should encourage young people to be reflective on what support they may need when exploring these topics.

On October 10th (also known as World Mental Health Day), Tender’s Youth Board launched a new campaign called High5. The campaign aimed to raise awareness of self-care and encourage young people to actively engage in discussions on how our relationship with ourselves, how we identify our emotions and channel these in a health way, can impact how we sustain the support we give to others.

The campaign comprised of three main elements:

  • A High5 Video – A short video documenting the thoughts and feelings of youth board members and tender staff on self-care, including; how we define self-care, why it’s important, and how it relates to our work around healthy relationships.

 

  • A Self-Care Activity Swap – An activity which asked members and staff to swap their self-care activities and try 5 new self-care activities. (A list of activities and their experiences will be published in an upcoming November blog).

 

  • Supporting the local community – Youth Board members attended various organisations to talk to young people and staff about the importance of self-care and how they may be able to support their peers. We also discussed about healthy relationships and support services available to young people. Members of our Youth Board spoke at Clapton Girls Academy, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and Clean Break.

 

When thinking about self-care and ‘national’ days, it’s important that these topics and conversations don’t become tokenistic and limited to singular periods of time. Self-care shouldn’t be a seasonal decoration that is glamorised and taken out of a box once a year, it should be sustainable and continuous. When reflecting on the function of self-care, we often refer to the idea that in order to continuously support those around you, you need check-in with yourself and make sure you are well supported.

 

“To me, self-care is doing one or several activities that alleviates the stress from our day to day lives. Since we all live incredibly busy lives, it is often difficult to take a break and have our time to ourselves, and the importance of self-care is it gives us the opportunity to do that. Personally, my favourite is taking walks through parks, which is good for me physically as well as mentally, and helps me to relax and have some time to myself. I think its importance in today’s society can frequently be overlooked and by promoting self-care, we can achieve a more mentally healthy community and a happier world around us” – (Brandon, Youth Board Member)

 

If you are interested in learning more about Tender’s Youth Board, or are considering applying, please email Brad@Tender.org.uk

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