Mental Health Support
Did you know there is an interactive map of Children & Young People’s Mental Health Support? It shows the local support available with regards to children and young people’s emotional and mental health.
Follow the link to access the Children's mental health support pathway and the South Staffordshire Interactive Pdf
Britain Get Talking is a campaign supported by Mind and YoungMinds, and by SAMH in Scotland, to encourage people to look after their mental health by connecting with others.
Almost half of young people struggle with anxiety and recently more than 400,000 children and young people a month are being treated for mental health problems – the highest number on record.
Connecting with each other through conversations can ease stress and reduce anxiety. Although it can feel difficult and awkward to open up and discuss some of these issues, it’s important to keep trying - because it can take time to break through.
There are three simple tips from experts to help you to connect with the young person in your life:
- Share an activity
Young people are more likely to open up if your conversation isn't the main focus. Shared activities like going for a walk or cooking together at home, create a more relaxed environment. Putting them at ease means you'll feel more comfortable talking.
- Show your support
Reassure them that you're there for them and they can talk to you whenever they need to. Be ready to listen to what they say and try not to assume that you already know what's wrong or what will help.
Don’t force it if they don't want to talk right now. Wait until they’re ready and suggest a way for them to let you know, like leaving a note.