Aye Mind is a service and innovative programme developed by a partnership between NHS Glasgow & Clyde, Snook, Young Scot and the Mental Health Foundation, and funded by the European Union. It aims to explore and develop a digital platform with and for young people, aimed at promoting their mental health and wellbeing.
Aye Mind worked with young people to think of new ways to use the internet to give others of their age support and education about mental wellbeing. During Aye Mind, young people and professionals created well-being GIFs.
~ The GIF above was designed by Conor.
The idea behind the GIFs is to highlight issues the young people identified as the most important to tackle, which included cyber bullying, social media addiction and the value of reaching out to friends in need.
The Internet is full of GIFs and memes but our aims are:
- Open up dialogue on mental well-being in a humorous way
- Provide space for young people to create their own mental well-being messages
- Support young people develop their own online resources
- Learn more about mental health and digital skills
Workshop participants said: “I learned more about mental health”, “I learned how to put ideas into real life” and “Making animations isn’t too complicated”.
~ The GIF above was designed by Caitlin. This GIF has also won an award from the Adaptive Lab gif-making competition.
The GIF-making workshop proved so popular that we continue to run it for a wide age range of people at a series of conferences, with over 300 people and 400+ Aye Mind mental well-being images made. The approach was also published by Horizon, the EU’s research and innovation magazine. Our approach is open-source and the guide on how to run the workshop and all necessary materials is available to download on our website.
Find out more: www.ayemind.com
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