Young people who participated in Project 99 – our original exploratory phase of work on digital youth mental health – developed a series of digital concepts to promote mental wellbeing among their peers. ‘Support2’ (Support Squared) was one of them. It was aimed at young people who are concerned for or actively support someone with a mental health issue. All involved in this work felt that much more needed to be done to “support the supporters”, and give them tools and techniques to support their peers’ mental health
Resource constraints didn’t allow us to develop the whole original idea but Aye Mind took forward the idea of creating digital resources to support young people who support their peers, making it easier to get the conversation started around mental health.
The Internet is full of memes and animations. The messages are mostly light-hearted but they sometimes convey a much deeper message in a humorous way. They inspired the Aye Mind Support2 approach: inviting young people to create images, memes and animations to talk about mental health to be shared widely across the Internet.
These are some gifs and memes produced by 16 – 21 year olds at the Aye Mind Support Squared workshop. Thank you so much to everyone who came from See Me, GAMH, Y-Sort It. Everyone got creative!
Click here to view how the workshop went and the activities.
Feel free to share these gifs and memes with your friends on social media, you can use the hashtag #ayemind