Mental Health

A New campaign has been launched by Mind to help people talk to their GPs about mental health.

Please click here to visit the website to access further information.

The mood self-assessment quiz uses questions taken from tests often used by GPs to assess whether someone is anxious or depressed. It has been designed to recommend further reading and resources that may help you better understand how you feel..

Sometimes we forget to think about the fact that most children and young people with a mental health problem will get better!  Some young people will suffer impact into adulthood but despite the risks in later life being greater, they will also experience periods of mental health.  When we are speaking with children and young people it’s important to remember to use words that convey hope and optimism.  Five factors have been shown to be important in supporting transformative change:

  1. Connectedness – having or spending time with friends; getting back to school; keeping in touch with family members
  2. Hope and optimism about the future – getting back on track, both resilience and strength based models are based on the premise that hardship can be overcome using strengths in the individual and their environment
  3. Identify – developing a coherent sense of self can be very challenging when identity its at a fluid stage of development in adolescence but it’s possible to support young people to develop a sense of who they are through their peer groups and achievements and we need to be aware that young people can be more likely than adults to take on the identity of ‘mental ill person’
  4. Meaning and Purpose – having fulfilling and important activities; working towards something, connectedness to peers, school, family, carers and community are all avenues for the development of meaning and purpose
  5. Empowerment – being consulted; being heard; feeling confident to speak up for ones’ self.  All of these are important achieving autonomy and self-determination skill.s

(Ref – ‘Recovery Orientation in Youth Mental Health and CAMHS’, Mental Health Coordinating Council 2014).