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By #BeeWell | 23 September 2021 | TAGS: Children and young people, Mental health, Education

Schools and youth organisations across Greater Manchester will take part today in the first ever #BeeWell Day, with a series of creative, active and online events celebrating young people’s wellbeing.

Hosted centrally by the legendary venue Mayfield Depot, young people will take part in workshops, lessons and performances across the city region to explore wellbeing and mental health.

#BeeWell Day has been designed by young people and delivered in partnership with the mental health charity 42nd Street.

#BeeWell is a collaboration between the University of Manchester, the Anna Freud Centre and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to survey young people’s wellbeing and bring about positive change with the results.

215 secondary schools will take part in the programme, including more than 90% of mainstream schools in the city region.

The survey, published today for the first time, was co-created by 150 young people in secondary schools across the city region. Quality assured by academics, it will be the biggest survey of its kind.

On #BeeWell Day, young people will take the mic, with performances and streams from Bury Met Youth Theatre, KYSO, Spectrum Gaming and Reform Radio. Schools and youth organisations across the city region will lead their own activities and famous figures will be invited to share their own experiences of supporting their wellbeing.

An old school bus that has travelled around secondary schools for the past week will arrive at the Mayfield Depot decorated in creative interpretations of what wellbeing means to the young people of Greater Manchester.

The publication of the #BeeWell survey links with the launch of a comprehensive study of children’s wellbeing measurement produced by the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, Children’s Society and the Health Foundation. The study highlights #BeeWell as an example of place-based, integrated wellbeing measurement bringing together academic expertise and youth-led change.

Visit the #BeeWell website here to learn more

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