Young people sign up to raise awareness of positive mental health
On Friday 17th February, 53 young people from across Wiltshire teamed up with mental health professionals, youth workers and Wiltshire Councillors to ask the question: Do young minds matter?
The answer? A massive YES THEY DO!!!
Young people took part in a series of workshops to explore issues surrounding mental health such as education in schools, where to find access to good quality information and the barriers around knowing where to go and how to ask for help, perceptions and stereotypes and how to handle stress.
Working with professional teams from the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Relate Mid-Wiltshire, young people shared their views, expressed their concerns and offered their advice to help improve mental health services for young people across the county as well as launching a campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues in schools, colleges and beyond.
Volunteers signed up to help Wiltshire Assembly of Youth develop a new Young Minds Matter mental health charter for schools, youth centres and other voluntary sector young people's group to promote positive mental health with the aim of making asking for help easier and to enable teachers and other adults to talk to young people openly and in an informed way about their needs.
Young people also signed up to work with Relate Mid-Wiltshire to look at supporting and improving Relate Counselling services for young people by taking part in a new 5 month project to assess, evaluate and develop what is currently on offer.
Check out the video which was made during the day -Mental Health Conference
A full report of the day is now available to download.
Date Posted: Wednesday 14 March 12
Author: Hayley Bambrough-Bailey