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#ChangingPerceptions

On 30th May 2018 Dorset Mind Your Head joined the #DorsetMentalHealthAlliance at one of their quarterly meetings to talk about Young People’s Mental Health.

Our young champions from NCS  designed and ran the meeting. Their aim was to change perceptions of young people’s mental health.

The meeting began with a passionate talk from three young people about their experiences of living with mental health difficulties.

Then followed discussions on 13 different subjects relating to mental health and led by young people themselves

RELATIONSHIPS | FAMILIES | DIVERITY | MINORITIES | SCHOOLS | BULLYING | LIFE SILLS | CAMHS | SUICIDE | EATING DISORDERS | MANHOOD | SOCIAL MEDIA | LONELINESS | STRESS & ANXIETY

The meeting was wrapped up by the Chair Dr Andy Mayers with the promise of an Action Plan that will be shared with decision makers in the next few weeks.

These are the headline topics that came from the discussion:

  1. Opportunities for learning Life Skills, sporting, creative, cultural and arts experiences
  2. Support available outside school – drop-in access to counsellors, advice, signposting
  3. Access to peer support, role models and ambassadors
  4. Provision, promotion and coordination of support for parents, families and carers (with particular reference to mental health of children and young people): parenting education, early years education re mental health, early interventions i.e. pre-teens. Homestart, domestic abuse, addictions and poverty support
  5. Provision of training for teachers and professionals working with young people particularly in – minority and diversity issues pertaining to mental health, bullying, suicide, eating disorders, manhood and stress and anxiety.
  6. Whole School Approach to mental wellness within school, including Counselling, specialist input, third sector input, consistent routes to help, EDUCATION to include: Self Esteem, Confidence, Boundaries, Stigma, Diversity & Difference, Speaking Out, Life Skills, Suicide/Difficult Eamotions, Eating Disorders, Social Media
  7. Using social media positively as part of a media, video, online campaign aimed at normalising conversations, providing self-help, global language #changingperceptions
  8. Knowing where to get help, mapping support options, clear and consistent routes to help, collaboration between all agencies
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