I have been gradually forming a team of volunteers, supporters and advocates over the past 18 months and have been inspired by the response. I hope to move these interactions on to the next level in the coming weeks and add to the team so as the talking and thinking becomes action. Having said that, the team will be mainly virtual, and in some cases, members may just be there in spirit J. I hope that by gathering a big team, input will be minimal for those who assist (or in some cases zero). To this end I envisage five categories of inputs you can choose from:
Advisers may be able to direct or connect me with initiatives, methods or organisations and schools that are using good mental wellbeing practices. Or you may be able to advise me on any helpful ideas/connections you think may contribute to the project (any of which can be done through my social media channels or email or phone)
Researchers may be able to offer assistance with my research efforts (desktop), It wouldn’t be one of my strong points so any help would be welcome. We can discuss areas for research and I am also open to suggestions.
Contributors may supply information and content on MW good practices that they are using. Or write article/s for the final publication (I will supply more information on writing soon). Or maybe you have content that is ‘ready to go’
Contributors could include psychologists, doctors, psychiatrists, teachers, educators, academics, journalists, presenters, writers, mental wellbeing advocates, therapists, persons recovering, or recovered from mental distress.
There will also be other areas I will need assistance with as the project evolves such as editing, design (UX, creative media etc) offline/online marketing and tech/engineering assistance for innovating.
Advocates have a simple role: Please spread the word about the project or connect me with influencers, or anyone you think might be helpful
Innovators may include any persons who feel they may have an innovative solution that can be applied to the development of mental wellbeing in young people. For example, some of the innovations been explored (and developed) are in the fields of education (schools), arts, music, story telling, engineering and tech. The main idea is to look beyond the ‘medical’ model and devise methods that resonate with, or will be used by young people. It’s all about ‘meeting them where they are at’
(More to come on team members to date)
And Finally if I have missed anything above, and there is any way you think you can help, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the details below.
Promotion and Credits For Assisting
Anyone who assists will be included on ‘The Team’ page with photo and profile. This will be found on the Winning Minds website under the tab “Mental Wellbeing Project”. I will also mention your assistance on Twitter and Linkedin and will promote your efforts whenever possible. And if the publication comes to fruition, you will be included in the credits.
Thank you for reading this and I look forward to hearing from you
Derek O Kelly – Mental Wellbeing Explorer
Founder Winning Minds Movement
- Are there any creatives out there who can help me make the key information above more visually appealing eg, a flow chart or info graphic. You will probably be credited as the first contributor to the MWP
PPS if you need to talk over the phone please send me your number by private message and a good time to call you. Or alternatively, if you send me a private message on any of above I can supply my phone number.