What's this project about?
2020 has been an extraordinary year and you may have experienced lots of changes in a short space of time. Writing about how you feel can have a positive impact on your mood and help you to make sense of how you feel.
In the run up to World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10 October), we’re inviting children and young people just like you to take part in Beyond Words for World Mental Health Day. The project runs from 14 September – 18 October but you can submit your work up to 30 November.
We encourage you to get creating and to share your work on our online hub. Get inspiration from award-winning poets and authors below to help you get started.
We’ll publish some of the stories shared on our gallery throughout the project. We will email you if your story is shared on the website.
How to submit your story
We’ve created a short guide to help you share your words. We recommend reading the guide first before submitting your story. The guide has all the details you need to get started. We also answer some questions you might have about the project.
If you have any questions or need help with the form, please email the Bupa Foundation team.
How do I start writing a poem?
In his video, he shares some practical tools and techniques to help you kick-start your own writing. Download Caleb's writing activity and use it alongside his video (4:29 minutes), using the theme of 'change' to start creating.
Writing about how you feel
Finding a way to let others know how you are feeling can be hard.
Cheryl Moskowitz's ‘The House That Is Me’ activity takes the body as a starting point to find the right words to express how you are feeling on the inside.
Teachers and parents can use Cheryl’s guide along with the video to help children create their own ‘The House That Is Me’ poem.