Mental health affects everything. It affects our nature and how we interact with the world and ourselves.
Without good mental health, we are susceptible to not knowing our full worth and struggling with things that are beyond our control. When we ignore mental health, we ignore ourselves. Good mental health helps us feel sad if we want to feel sad, and it also helps us do something about it.
We don’t have to wait to feel better – we can feel better today simply by acknowledging our struggles as real and worth paying attention towards.
We don’t need to solve every problem, but we can ask for help if things get too much. Then and only then do we gain some sense of control again over our lives.
The truth is that the mind can lie. It can hold us back.
It doesn’t make anyone less of a person for experiencing mental health issues.
Mental health is as important as physical health. We must end the stigma because mental health affects everything. When we remember that, we can turn it all around. And it’s never too late to do exactly that.
The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated to us all how important our mental health is…this project has recently provided funding for 16 places on a Teenage Mental Health First Aid awareness course…
Would you know how to help?
One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. Suicide is the leading cause of death for those aged 5-19.
In an average group of 30 fifteen year olds:
- Seven are likely to have been bullied
- Six may be self-harming
- One could have experienced the death of a parent
Record levels of young people are struggling. Academic pressure, social media, bullying, poverty, lack of availability of professional mental health support – all have been named by various sources as contributing to this epidemic of poor mental health in our young people.
It’s clear that young people are not getting the support they need. Key figures in a young person’s life – parents, family members, teachers, tutors, carers, youth workers – can often spot when a young person is struggling but may not know how best to help.
Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses teach the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need, helping to speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse.
The courses don’t teach you to be a therapist, but will teach how to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.
They also aim to give the information and skills to look after your own mental health. By giving the tools to have these conversations, they aim to empower the young people to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in their family, school, peer group or community.