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University of Birmingham Medical Society

 
MedMinds

Do you want to...

LEARN… more about mental illness?

PLAN… exciting and interactive lessons and activities?

TEACH… secondary school students?

GAIN… valuable skills and experience?

GET INVOLVED with MedMinds?

Who are we?

MedMinds is a society that aims to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness in both medical students and young people, and promote Psychiatry as a career for medical students. We hope to increase understanding of mental illness and encourage help-seeking behaviour.

What do we do?

We run a series of lectures led by mental health professionals on topics relevant to young people, including mood disorders, anxiety and psychosis. After this, we run a committee-led teacher training session, where we give help and advice as to how to deliver the lessons, build up students' confidence and discuss how students might deal with any difficulties that may arise. We then go into schools and deliver fun and interactive lessons to secondary school pupils. We have had an overwhelming response from medical students - we train roughly 50 student volunteers per year and give lessons to multiple classes in two different local schools!

Why should I get involved?

MedMinds provides the opportunity to learn more about mental illness, through both attending lectures and teaching others. You will gain invaluable teaching experience, and, most importantly of all, have fun whilst doing so!

How do I get involved?

If you would like to get involved or have any questions feel free to contact us on our Gmail or Facebook page below!

birminghammedminds@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/groups/birminghamopenminds

 

 

School feedback:

About the Sessions:

“A good way to learn about an important topic which can be difficult to understand and talk about”

“The activities were cleverly thought out and made us think while having fun”

“Really eye-opening and it is good that you are making us more aware”

 

From Pupils:

“I have learnt that there is always help and hope to get better no matter what you go through”

“I now know how to help my friend. Keep up the good work!”

“Mental health problems are common and should be taken more seriously, self-harming isn’t just attention seeking”

“I feel like I have a better understanding of what the warning signs of different mental health issues are”

“Mental health problems aren’t always so obvious in every person”

 

From Staff:

“The medical students made everyone feel at ease- including me”

“It was really useful for the pupils to gain an insight from young professionals”

 “They answered questions like they had been running these sessions for years”

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20 Nov 2017

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