Beyond Words for World Mental Health Day

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Beyond Words for World Mental Health Day​ - 10 October 2020

Writing has so many benefits for our wellbeing and mental health. And in these extraordinary times, the creative process can help us make sense of how we feel.  

In the run up to World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10 October), we’re inviting all young people and schools to take part in Beyond Words for World Mental Health Day.

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We're encouraging everyone to get writing and to share their work on our online gallery.

The Bupa Foundation will donate £3 for each submission across our partner charities to support mental wellbeing projects for young people. You could also win an individual recognition award of a £40 book token or £250 worth of books for your school.

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About Beyond Words

In a new partnership with Cheltenham FestivalsNational Literacy Trust and Mind, we’re inviting all schools, young people, their teachers, supporters and carers to join Beyond Words for World Mental Health Day, a national creative project where students can put into words their feelings about a year like no other and submit their pieces. For every submission the Bupa Foundation will donate £1 to each charity partner. A selection of pieces may be published in an anthology.   

Beyond Words for World Mental Health Day runs from 14 September – 18 October but you can submit your work up to 30 November. We’re also adding more awards! Participants who enter before 18 October will be notified if they have won an award by 30 October. Those who enter the project after 18 October will be notified if they have won an award by 23 December.

Beyond Words for World Mental Health Day is supported by Cheltenham FestivalsMindNational Literacy Trust and the Bupa Foundation. 

Beyond Words is a year-round creative writing project by Cheltenham Festivals as part of its education strategy. It’s designed to increased the wellbeing, confidence and literacy of 14-16 year olds who are too physically or mentally unwell to attend school.

Free mental health resources

We've put together a selection of free resources from some of our friends and partners to help support the mental wellbeing of children and young people, and the people who support them.

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