Youth mental health – As a society, we must not fail them over the coming months
We are raising awareness for Youth Mental Health Day today. The day aims to encourage young people, and those who support them, to understand their mental health and how to protect it. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you may feel you can’t cope. It’s okay to not feel okay and there are lots of ways of dealing with these feelings.
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A recent research (see report
) led by YoungMinds, UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health, has revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to have a devastating impact on many young people with a history of mental health needs.
Young carers and Covid-19
The results of a Carers Trust survey into the impact of Coronavirus on young carers aged 12 to 17 and young adult carers aged 18 to 25 was published in July 2020. They point to a steep decline in the mental health and wellbeing of the hundreds of thousands of young people across the UK who provide unpaid care at home for family members or friends.
It’s common to feel unsure, and to wonder whether you should try to handle things on your own. However, there are organisations who could help make things easier and offer you extra support.
Support is available when you need it
It’s important that young people you support or care about know that it is okay to ask for help. By raising awareness of youth mental health, we can come together to tackle the stigma and discrimination that still exist.
If you know your child is struggling with their mental wellbeing but you’re not sure what to do. You can turn to young minds. for free practical tips and advice.
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