For the last year, Chorley Youth Council have been working on Mental Health as a campaign subject.
For the last year Chorley Youth Council have been working on Mental Health as a campaign subject. This is in response to national consultations like Make Your Mark (UK Youth Parliament) and Lancashire-wide campaign subjects which have shown that lots and lots of young people find this an important and growing issue.
In response the Youth Council have done a number of things. We've been and met with local projects that have promoted the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, met with local charities and CAMHS professionals and recently surveyed over 550 young people to find out what they understand about Mental Health.
Now we're starting the next stage of our work, delivering awareness-raising workshops to children and young people from year 6 to year 9. So far we’ve visited local youth groups and will soon be delivering our activities to year groups and classes in local schools.
The workshop covers understanding the difference between mental and physical health conditions, being able to define and understand common mental health conditions and their symptoms, appreciating that we all have mental health that can change over time, and looking at ways to help yourself and others.
The workshops run from 45 minutes to an hour and are led by members of the Youth Council with the support of staff. We hope it'll grow and grow!
For more information, please contact Clare Smith on 07824 867429.