Mental Health Awareness Week

This week, Helena and I were trained in youth mental health first aid. 

It just so happened that the training fell during Mental Health Awareness Week, which seemed appropriate. But with 1 in 4 of us in the UK experiencing a mental health problem each year, there’s never a bad time to learn more about mental ill health and how we can help ourselves and each other. 

Several of us at Step have completed the training so that we’re better prepared to support the hundreds of young people we interact with. The course also gave me advice on how to take care of my own mental health, and reminded me to look out for friends, family and colleagues around me who might be struggling. 

We talk a lot at Step about how every single person matters. We’ve even got a campaign about it, which gives us a nice excuse to talk about it more.

And when we say that every person matters, that includes you. So whether you’re 12 years old or 112, if you’re battling with mental ill health and need help then please tell someone because you shouldn’t have to handle it on your own – you matter too much for that.

Below are just some of the organisations that offer resources and advice …

… for young people:

YoungMinds

STEM4

ChildLine

Kooth

… for adults working with young people:

MindEd

The OLLIE Foundation

The Department for Education

 

… for all of us:

Mind 

Mental Health Foundation 

Mental Health First Aid England 

Action for Happiness 

Samaritans 

Spread the word and don't forget to take care of yourself, too.

Sara

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