‘I believe that mental health is a vital topic to cover due to the rise in coverage throughout the media in recent times and for those suffering with any particular issues to be supported and not stigmatised by those around them’
‘There needs to be more done in schools to raise awareness among students to help each other’ and others’ with mental health problems’
‘We need more information on existing services for mental health’
What is the Youth Commission doing to address Mental Health problems for young people?
Research findings from Year 1 resulted in the following Recommendations being made by the Youth Commission:-
Promotion: Age-appropriate advertising of existing services that is delivered to young people via appropriate means.
Training: Free, regular mental health training for those who work with young people, so they are aware of the signs of mental health problems and where to direct people for help/support.
Workshop: Workshops for young people from trained professionals (assisted by young people) on how to manage their own mental health.
Actions being undertaken to address the issue of mental health:
Workshops: Cumbria Youth Commission are working with Ewanrigg Local Trust in Maryport on their ‘We Will’ project. The project was set up to support and provide young people with information around mental health. Work is being conducted with local doctors, teachers and CAMHS to inform next steps to help people with mental health needs. Cumbria Youth Commissioners will review the training offered and feedback on how the service can be improved for young people.
A pilot workshop and training session is planned for 31st July 2018, 1pm to 4pm, Workington Fire Station. Youth Commissioners will complete the training with the view to securing funding for further workshops around mental health to be offered to young people across Cumbria.
The Youth Commission have also set up a mental health consultation with other youth action groups, Cumbria Youth Alliance, SWARM and the We Will Project. This will take place on the 16th August 2018.