"Let's Start an Epidemic of Happiness"
Happy Space is a mental wellbeing charity, dedicated to helping students ask and answer the question “Why don’t I feel okay?”. We aim to provide students with a wellbeing toolkit in order to help protect the minds of a future generation.
Happy Space seeks to achieve these aims via the following activities:
Happy Space UK has worked with a variety of different schools, colleges and other organisations providing the platform to reach students and service-users. Partnerships include: Thomas’s School Clapham; Farnham College; James Allen’s Girls’ School; Frensham Heights School; and First Steps ED.
Happy Space UK both runs and has been asked to speak at a number of events. These range from yoga sessions for students, to rounders in the park. Happy Space UK seeks to enhance the mental wellbeing of attendees and ensure the events are low cost, making it financially viable for students to attend.
Happy Space UK carries out in-house research. In order to gauge the main challenges to student mental wellbeing in the transition from sixth form to university, in 2017 Happy Space UK consulted with a range of mental wellbeing stakeholders and university wellbeing service representatives. In 2018, Happy Space UK then carried out a pan-London university student survey, in order to ascertain students’ understanding of the mental wellbeing services available.
Happy Space UK delivers Guidebooks to students in transitional stages (predominantly: from primary to secondary school and sixth form to university). Happy Space UK has collated a variety of mental wellbeing content from various mental wellbeing experts in order to populate our Guidebooks with relevant material. This material falls under the topics of “Mind”, “Food”, “Body”, “Finance” and “the Arts”. The Guidebooks are vibrant and interactive in order to fully engage the students and provide them with tips and tools to ease transitional stages.
Happy Space UK delivers talks to students, providing an introduction to the Guidebooks. The talks also allow Happy Space UK to draw students’ attention to indicators that they might not be feeling okay, and that they probably aren’t alone in that feeling. Additionally, Happy Space UK suggests various courses of action at these talks (e.g., going to see a school counsellor, or making an appointment with a GP).