Mental health issues are a growing problem, and the figures for young people affected by anxiety, depression and self-harm are increasing. This workshop explores what is meant by mental health and well-being, looking at some of the most common mental health issues affecting young people such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression and self-harm. Students will have a greater understanding of emotional health and learn ways of recognising when they or their friends are affected, develop tools for managing mental health problems, relaxation, exercise, diet, and sleep patterns.
Pupils will learn what is available in the way of help in the county, both via face to face counselling and online self-help programmes via the NHS, and how to go about accessing support from a variety of sources as well as developing some self-help skills to enable them to recognise triggers, assess for themselves when they need help and be able to ask for it confidently.
Pupils are advised of what to expect when seeking help from professionals at their initial appointment and the referral pathways into other services.