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World Mental Health Day 2020

October 10th, 2020

This World Mental Health Day, we are spotlighting recommendations from Redthread Youth Ambassadors, staff and the young people we work with about how we can better look after our mental health and support young people.

Redthread Youth Ambassadors share their top health tips:

We asked our Youth Ambassadors how they have been looking after their mental health this year. We’d love to share their tips with you:

‘Moments of lightness have been essential’ – How have our youth workers been looking after one another?

Julia, Team Leader at St Mary’s, shares how her team have taken valuable time to look after their mental health and support one another when working remotely:

 

‘It’s anxiety provoking and stressful not knowing what’s going to happen next.’ – How can we better support young people?

Our recent ‘Life in a Lockdown’ report with StreetDoctors and MAC-UK spotlights how the young people we work with have experienced lockdown. While our research shows that young people did find positives from this time, such as being able to spend time with family and feeling like part of a community, our findings show how current pressures and anxieties are overwhelmingly impacting young people’s mental health.

Our findings have given us key insight into what young people find important at the moment, including:

  •  spending time with friends and family
  • being given opportunities to contribute to their local community through work or volunteering
  • support from social workers and youth workers, including for mental health problems
  • increased support for vulnerable people
  • good and clear communication from policy makers
  • feeling safe on the streets

As young people face anxieties and uncertainty about their future, it is critical that we prioritise supporting their mental health, listening to their needs and responding to their recommendations to the government. At Redthread, we are committed to helping young people have their voices heard by those making local and national decisions. Together, we can build society that empowers young people to thrive and be the drivers of the change they wish to see.

Links to support and advice:

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