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31st May 2018

Our young people talk about mental health

This month’s mental health awareness week (14th-20th May) got Crewe Youth Group talking about mental health in young people. See below to see their ideas and comments: 

What do you think young people your own age struggle with the most? 

  • bullying
  • suicidal thoughts
  • anxiety
  • mood swings
  • how to talk about problems
  • strange feelings if you like someone-worrying if you upset them

Can you recommend any services, websites etc to use if you’re struggling with your emotions, mood or well-being? 

  • Cheshire East
  • Social workers/ Family Service Workers
  • Doctor
  • CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
  • Talk to parents
  • Talk to someone you trust e.g. a teacher
  • Child Line
  • Try to calm your friend. Get them a drink and listen. 

Why is it important to talk about mental health? 

  • “If you keep it inside, it’s not good for you. It makes your brain more poorly”.
  • “It makes people aware sooner rather than later”.
  • “It’s important to express what you’re going through”.
  • “It (mental health) needs to be known about so people can be helped”. 

 

Sam (aged 15) is allergic to milk. He shares how his allergy can affect his mental health: 

“It can affect my confidence. Especially in a restaurant as you’ve got to check everything. It’s very confusing’. 

Our project worker, Hannah, agrees with Sam: “I am allergic to nuts and carry an Epi-pen for emergencies. Certain situations can make things very nerve wracking for someone with an allergy, as well as their family. For example:

  • going on holiday and visiting a restaurant where the menu is in another language
  • knowing that someone close by is eating nuts and watching what they may touch that you could possibly touch and react to
  • suddenly noticing the smell of nuts in the cinema. 

For some, this anxiety may get to the point of not wanting to leave the house or declining social activities due to the anxiety caused by their allergy”.

 

If you would like more support with your mental health, please take a look at the following resources: 

www.kooth.com  

www.headstogether.org.uk

www.youngminds.org.uk

www.mind.org.uk

www.blurtitout.org

www.visyon.org.uk

www.mentalhealth.org.uk

www.relaxkids.com