Every year the World Health Organisation designates a day for people to learn about mental health. The date this year is 10 October sand the topic this time is Young People and Mental Health
We see an increasing need for mental health provision in all walks of life and for all ages, but the focus on Young People is extremely important. It appears the national provision for mental health is rather inadequate and it leaves young people waiting months to address their issues and access specialist care.
The tragedy of this is that bullying, peer pressure and other behaviours can drive youngsters develop eating disorders, self-harm behaviours and even to take their own life.
So today it is vitally important to be vigilant when working with young people so that any sign of a problem can be detected and dealt with before it becomes a lifelong problem, extending into adulthood.
So whatever your situation; parent, grandparent, teacher, older sibling or just a young person with young friends, take time to look at the young people around you and give them the information that it is OK to talk. You don’t have to be a professional – anyone can take time to stop and look at any of the local young people you come in contact with them and take time to notice if their behaviour or mood has changed suddenly or subtly.
There are many charities involved in caring for mental health so if you are in any doubt ,find out about the ones near you and pass that information on to anyone who may be in need of help.
Childline, The Samaritans and the YMCA all offer help, as do local drug agencies. Check them out and have their numbers handy.