World Mental Health Day – Young People & Mental Health

Young people & mental health 

Today is World Mental Health Day 2018, a yearly event which aims to raise the awarness of mental health, lessen the stigma surrounding it and help people experiencing mental health problems lead better lives worldwide. Each year, world Mental Health day has a chosen theme, this years theme being ‘Young People & Mental Health’.

It is estimated that all mental health conditions are present by the age of 14 and that 1 in 10 young people (3 in every classroom) will experience mental health issues in any given year.  Out of those children who have a diagnosed mental health condition, 3 in every 4 do not have access to the support they need.

What support is out there for young people?

There are several organisations who provide, advice, help and support to young people experiencing mental health difficulties both nationally and locally.

Child and adolsecent mental health services (CAMHS) 
Young Minds 
Kooth
SWITCH Dudley
Dudley Young Health Champions 
Phase Trust
Medicines for Children 
The What Centre 
Time to Change

How you can help 

There are many things you can do to help. One of the most important things is to start the conversation, help to break the stigma and encourage young people to talk openly about their own mental health. By doing this we can encourage young people to open up and talk without feeling judged and without the fear of being treated differently because of it. We all have mental health, lets help our children and other peoples children to talk openly about it.

Are you a teacher or someone who works with children? You can help by training yourself in youth mental health and become a Mental Health First Aider. Dudley specialise in delivering Mental Health First Aid Courses such as the Two Day Youth MHFA Course.

Another thing that you can do to help is to raise awareness. Time to Change have lots of useful recources you can use to help raise awarness in schools and your workplace.

Get involved in Schools
Get your teacher involved in Time to Change
Set up a Young Leaders group in your school

You can also find a list of downloadable recources, toolkits, poster and leaflets on the Time to Change website

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/get-involved-schools/school-resources

You can also help by signing the Young Minds petition

How Dudley Mind plan to help

  • We can train staff in supporting children and young people
  • We can provide free workshops for pupils on managing emotions.
  • We trian children to support each other
  • We can offer bespoke trqaining to suite your needs
  • We can provide free Saturday workshops for children experiencing problems which parents can access directly

Talk to us about your concerns, we are here to help.  Our trainers have considerable experience in this field and all have enhanced DBS checks. 

For more info or to discuss how we can help please call us on 01384 442938 or email enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk. 

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