October 10th is World Mental Health Day with the theme for 2018 set by the World Health Organisation as ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World’. Events are taking place across Knowsley to mark the day and break the taboo around talking about mental health.
Mental health problems can affect anyone but research shows that 1 in 10 children experience mental health issues and that half of all adult mental health issues begin by the age of 14.
Councillor Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care said: “Children and young people live in a challenging world, childhood and adolescence are a time of significant change. While this can be exciting it can also be stressful and if not managed can lead to mental health issues. I’m proud to say that there are a number of outstanding services in Knowsley offering mental health support to children and young people and championing mental wellbeing.”
The Prescot School host a mental health marketplace on Wednesday afternoon (10th October) which will be open to pupils and parents and will be attended by a number of young person’s mental health services including Comics Youth CIC, Knowsley Youth Mutual, Kooth and the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS).
From 3.30-4.30pm on 10th October, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be hosting a live Twitter Q&A with Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Sandeep Ranote.
The Q&A will give young people, their families and members of the public a chance to put their mental health related questions to Dr Ranote for her expert advice. You can get involved by tweeting @NWBoroughsNHS and using the hashtag #AskSandeepWMHD.
Dr Ranote, who is also medical director at North West Boroughs Healthcare said: “Young people spend a lot of their time using the internet and on their mobile phones, making them vulnerable to cyber bullying. There is also a lot of pressure on young people, and they are at an age when the first signs of serious mental health problems can occur, so it’s really important we raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing in young people this World Mental Health Day.”
Year-round mental health support for conditions such as anxiety and depression can be found at Knowsley Libraries who offer Reading Well Books on Prescription, a range of self-help books chosen by health experts and people living with mental health conditions to help others understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing through reading.
Additionally, national mental health charity Young Minds specialise in mental health issues in children and young people. They provide a wide range of resources including free to download booklets for children and young people to help deal with a range of mental health issues such as anger, self-harm and coping with pressure at school.
Also this World Mental Health Day, the Knowsley Adult Provider Service are running a Tea and Talk event at New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre between 10am and 2pm. There will be free refreshments and a small marketplace with FACE Adult Education, OCD Action, Aroma Touch, Memory Lane, Healthy Knowsley and Shared Lives.
Knowsley Adult Provider Service are running a Tea and Talk event at New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre between 10am and 2pm. There will be free refreshments and a small marketplace with FACE Adult Education, OCD Action, Aroma Touch, Memory Lane, Healthy Knowsley and Shared Lives.