Feeling Good Week is a Hertfordshire-wide event that sees schools and the wider community promoting young people’s emotional wellbeing, raising awareness of mental health and where to access support with the school community.
This year, it runs from Saturday 18 February until Friday 25 February and some 44 special projects to boost the wellbeing of children and young people in Hertfordshire have won a share of a £20,000 cash pot.
Young people and youth organisations were invited to apply for up to £500 from the fund, earmarked by the county’s two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and Hertfordshire County Council. A group of young people reviewed applications, submitted through Healthwatch Hertfordshire, and judged which should be funded.
In 2017, children and young people across Hertfordshire will try yoga and mindfulness, play football tournaments and learn circus skills to mark Feeling Good Week as schools, children’s centres, school councils and youth organisations have won funding.
Youth Health Ambassador at Healthwatch Hertfordshire, Frankie Walsh, 19, from Welwyn Garden City, said: “We had so many creative ideas. Many bids were for projects that had a long-term impact not just a one-off event. Lots were aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and the fact that anyone can suffer from a mental health problem and it’s OK to ask for help.”