COVID-19 is having an impact on mental health in Big Local areas.

Attendees were given an introduction to understanding mental health and the specific impact of COVID-19 on mental health. The session slides show important definitions, tips on how to achieve wellbeing and resources for further insight into how to respond to mental health needs. This session also created an essential space for Big Local areas to share their stories and experiences as well as discuss how they were responding to mental health needs in the present and how they plan to respond in the future. You can read more about the session in the report written by Just Ideas, which summarises discussion points and shared learning and includes useful resources that came up during both sessions.


This workshop was led by Just Ideas, facilitated by Helen Garforth, Big Local rep and Creative Director of Just Ideas along with Laura Wallis, a practitioner in children and young people’s mental health.

Just Ideas is an organisation specialising in facilitation, supporting communities and those they work with to improve health and wellbeing and to develop good ideas into action. We believe in supporting people to realise their power and voice, connecting people so they can create positive change locally and globally.


Learning and Networking with Big Local aims to foster skills, enthusiasm and connections. Open to all Big Local areas, we invite you to take part and share your ideas.

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