Stem4, a Merton based charity for teenage mental health is launching ‘Connect4 stem4’ when schools and organisations will be urged to connect for 4 minutes, 14 minutes or 40 minutes doing an activity of their choice.
Personal connection is seen in psychological literature as a basic human need since it helps us feel supported, recognised, valued and loved. People who have good relationships are happier, healthier, more efficient and live longer than people who report being lonely. Connections don’t only have to involve heart to heart talks, they can involve a smile, going for a walk, having a cup of tea together or sharing in a work project or recreational activity. As our digital connectivity with each other increases it is easy for virtual connections to replace face-to-face ones, especially when speed becomes a priority. This greatly reduces the impact of human interaction in terms of its contribution to positive mental health.
To take part, all young people need to do is to distribute the stem4 Connect4 stem4 fliers within their school or organisation, and ask people to commit to connecting with someone on this day.
stem4 hopes to help raise awareness of the importance of connections as a key contribution to good mental health by asking you to share your connections with us @stem4org on social media using the hashtags #connect4stem4 and #LocalCharitiesDay.
If you require any further information on this initiative, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Sophie on December 4, 2017