This is a wonderful initiative for the USA and like Lauren, I hope that the UK is not far behind with this. To have children learning and understanding how mental health impacts every day lives, how stigma can negatively impact is huge and this is a wonderful way to pro-actively get them interested.
Earlier today I came across an interesting article from the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) which you can find by clicking here.
The new scheme put into place by IBPF allows young girls across America to earn a Mental Health Awareness Patch as apart of their Girl Guides, Girl Scouts and Heritage Girls training.
I myself was in the Rainbows and Brownies here in the UK – I gave up by Guides; but along with everyone else, I did earn my own fair share of badges. Examples included learning different knots, planning healthy lunches, sewing on buttons and helping to raise money for a good cause.
The aim is to help young girls learn basic and useful life skills, and from memory, everyone was willing to do the tasks because we all knew that the coolest girls had the most badges sewn to their sashes. We were all eager and…
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