What is Mind Your Melon?
Mind your Melon is an online youth mental health festival for the young people of Donegal.
The online festival will launch on 1st October 2021 ahead of World Mental Health Day (10th October). The festival will be promoted as a month long event but the website will remain live throughout the academic year as a resource for young people in the county.
Through video and interactive content the online festival will:
Promote positive mental health
Improve young people’s understanding of mental health and wellbeing
Increase awareness of youth mental health supports and services and how to access them
Reduce stigmatising attitudes to mental health
Who is involved?
This will be an event ‘For young people, by young people’. Young people will be involved in developing themes and ideas for content being created. Young people from Donegal Youth Council and Jigsaw’s Youth Advisory Panel are the youth advisory committee for this project.
13,500 12-18 year olds across County Donegal, predominantly from 27 secondary schools across the county.
Register your school
We want to partner with secondary schools across county Donegal to ensure the opportunity to get involved reaches as many young people as possible.
Young people will be encouraged to explore the online festival in their own time but Connect Mental Health will support schools to incorporate the event into lessons and into project work. Schools will also be supported to incorporate Mind your Melon into their own activity around World Mental Health Day.
If you are interested in ensuring your school is involved please register your interest by completing the short form though the ‘Register your Interest’ button below.
Participating schools will receive a full school guide to the event in September including lesson plans and how the event can compliment other activity in the school. Connect Mental Health will also host webinars for teachers and principals in September to further support school participation.
How will it Work?
The Festival will be launched to young people in Donegal on 1st October ahead of World Mental Health Day (10th October). The festival will have its own dedicated website where all content will be hosted.
Each student in participating schools will receive a ‘Mind your Melon’ pack on 1st October that will include a physical mental health guide and festival map encouraging them to visit the website and explore the festival website.
For more details on the Mind your Melon festival view our overview for schools here