Malta Girl Guides Mental Health Campaign
The Malta Girl Guides (MGG) will be embarking on the campaign, Marvellous Minds, to promote positive mental wellbeing and mark World Mental Health Day, celebrated around the world on 10th October.
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.
The campaign aims to promote good mental health and targets stigma related to mental health amongst the members of the Malta Girl Guides, as well as society in general. The Wold 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. Therefore, to launch this campaign and continue working towards being a more inclusive and holistic association, MGG will be organising a national camp for all members aged 14 years and upwards. The camp will not only promote adventure and physical activity, it will mainly focus on the benefits of outdoor activities and being at one with nature on people’s mental wellbeing.
As an association, MGG believes that taking care of mental health is as important as physical health, and that equipping young people with skills such as resiliency, self-care and the ability to advocate, will be a step in the right direction for the wellbeing of future generations.
The camp has been made possible thanks to funding obtained by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ’s Be Active Scheme. Some of the activities that will be included in this camp will be a music jamming session, a yoga session and an arts workshop to promote good mental health through the use of creative media. A coping strategies workshop, a mindfulness scavenger hunt and a laser tag tournament will be organised for the young members to experience how physical activities can promote mental health.
Marvellous minds, also includes a new badge curriculum bearing the same name. It will provide 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 the coming months MGG will also be providing mental health first aid training programme to all leaders and adult volunteers thanks to a collaboration with Richmond Foundation.
For information about this initiative please contact Programme Commissioner Gaby Meli on mobile number 99054802 or email address firstname.lastname@example.org