Support for Young People
Being mentally healthy means that we feel good about ourselves, make and keep positive relationships with others and can feel and manage the full range of emotions. These can range from happiness, excitement and curiosity through to less comfortable feelings such as anger, fear or sadness. Everyone you know will sometimes feel down, worried or anxious. We all need to look after our mental health and know who to turn to if things feel too much.
In these uncertain and challenging times, looking after our mental health has never been so important. Good mental health allows us to cope with life’s ups and downs, to feel in control of our lives and to ask for help from others when we need support.
No matter how difficult life can feel at times, there are free sources of support available HERE.
Some of these sources of support are online, some of them are face-to-face. Some of these sources are local – others are national. It’s important you access the service which is right for you.
As part of our journey transforming local mental health services for young people, we have been listening intently to the views of young people in the local area who highlighted the need for a mental health awareness campaign aimed at parents and carers. Young people have consistently shared that parents and carers can help them to access the support they need but too often they can be a barrier to that support.
NHS Frimley CCG have been working in partnership with young people, local charity Aik Saath – Together As One and media company Resource Productions to use the arts to express messages that are important to young people and share their views to parents and carers in the local community.
Following a series of creative workshops and the East Berkshire ‘#PoemToAParentOrCarer’ poetry competition, the winning poem “It’s all just a façade” written by Abirami Sritharan (17) challenges parents and carers to check on their children’s mental wellbeing. This has now also been transformed into a short film by Katie Bonham, a young director who won the opportunity to make the film through another competitive process.