Pupils in Plymouth, Devon are being given mental health talks as part of a new campaign to raise awareness of mental health problems.
The project sees Plymouth Community Healthcare’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service team up with Plymouth High School for Girls to host a series of talks and workshops about mental health.
Cindy Willcocks is the clinical head of service for primary mental health. She said: “Increasing children and young people’s knowledge of mental health is really important. It is something that many people don’t talk about, but doing so increases knowledge and understanding of how to maintain mental wellbeing and if there is a problem, feeling confident to speak up.”
With mental health problems such as eating disorders, anxiety and depression rising amongst young people across the UK, raising awareness and showing children and teenagers where they can find help is of mounting importance.
Schools are not only responsible for the academic success of their pupils, they must also play a part in ensuring the pupils are physically and psychologically healthy. Showing young people that they don’t have to feel isolated by their problems could help prevent more serious effects of ill mental health such as self-harm and suicide.
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