New interactive website to boost young people’s mental health
A new website has launched that provides a wealth of mental health and emotional wellbeing support to young people.
Healthy Young Minds (formerly CAMHS) provides specialist support to children and young people, as well as to their families and carers.
It’s common for young people to experience low-level mental health and emotional wellbeing issues. However, most do not need the specialist support provided by the Healthy Young Minds Service.
They simply need some advice and support to help them deal with the stresses and worries of their day-to-day lives, such as exam stress, low self-esteem, bullying and relationships.
It is widely known that providing early help reduces the chances of any issues escalating. It will also help to ensure they enjoy the best quality of life possible and can reach their full potential.
The new interactive website will help to meet this need by providing a range of advice, support, self-help materials and signposting to other local and national support services.
It will also act as a valuable resource for adults who care for or work with young people in any way, by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to provide advice and low-level support. This includes GPs, health and social care professionals, teachers and wider school staff, youth workers and many others.
The website has been developed in partnership with young people who use Healthy Young Minds, who say they want a simple to use, friendly and accessible website that gives them tools to help themselves.
Sara Barnes, Healthy Young Minds Directorate Manager, said: “We’re very excited about the launch of the new website that will provide vital advice and resources to young people who are experiencing low-level mental health and emotional wellbeing issues, such as stress, low self-esteem or even just feeling a bit low.
“It’s really important that young people receive the advice and support they need as early as possible and the website will help to meet this need.
“Supporting young people is everyone’s responsibility, so we are aiming to empower those who care for young people, or work with them, by providing them with valuable information and resources. By doing this we are helping to create a strong support network around every young person – increasing the likelihood of any issues being picked up and tackled early on.
“We’ll be adding even more content to the website over the coming months to make sure it’s packed full of advice, top tips and information about other organisations that can help.”
Young people up to the age of 16, who need more specialist support, can continue to be referred to Pennine Care’s Healthy Young Minds Service. This community-based child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) is provided in Bury; Oldham; Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale; Tameside and Glossop; Stockport; and Trafford.
Pennine Care also provides two hospital-based CAMHS at Fairfield General Hospital. Known as the Hope Unit and Horizon Unit, these are for young people with more complex needs who need a period of intensive support.
To access these more specialist services, young people should visit their GP. Young people who require emergency support should go to their nearest A&E department.
The new website can be accessed at www.healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk
For service updates and tips around good mental health and emotional wellbeing, people can also follow Healthy Young Minds on Twitter @HealthyYM.