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10 Oct 2018

World Mental Health Day 2018

ailsa-galashan-100x100Ailsa Galashan, Communications Intern


Healthy resources

This year, World Mental Health Day is 10 October 2018 and the theme is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. This is particularly important because young people can experience a range of mental health problems due to the world around them, and themselves changing so rapidly.

Charity Mind

Charity Mind helps and supports people of all ages to deal with their mental health, including young people and parents. Mind has a list of helpful resources which explain in detail the symptoms of mental health conditions and advises when it is best to ask for help.

One useful tool for young people is the ‘Booklets for young people’ page which lists four booklets for children and young people to use if they feel they require extra support and want more information on different mental health issues. The booklets follow four stories of different young people who are experiencing mental health problems, including bereavement and anger.

Find out more information on mental health in young people:

To view the booklets:

Staying well online

Charity Mind also offers support on how to stay mentally well online. The internet can offer great resources as a way to support mental health and this can be through information, asking for help or accessing treatment. The site also offers tips for young people to use to understand the reliability of some resources, support on online relationships, highlighting the importance of safety and privacy and learning how to have a balance between being online and offline.

Find out more on online mental health:

Advice for parents

For parents, Mind helps parents who may be struggling with a mental health problem themselves and offers advice on how to cope with the everyday challenges of parenting, as well as how to support their children through wellbeing and communication.

Find out more about parenting with a mental health condition:

Young Minds

Another useful resource is Young Minds, and their helpful resources on how to deal with bullying at any age. Young Minds helps parents and young people to identify specific types of bullying and how to access help and advice. Young Minds also acknowledges that bullying can have a negative impact on mental health, and offers helpful resources for young people and parents about different types of mental health problems and how to manage them.

Find out more about bullying:

More information

World Mental Health Day is important because it highlights that mental health is just as important as physical health, and that being mentally healthy is more than not having a diagnosed mental health problem. Instead, being mentally healthy is characterised by a person’s ability to fulfil certain criteria, including the ability to feel and manage a range of positive or negative emotions, or to form and maintain good relationships with others.

The Mental Health Foundation has a resource which gives helpful advice on how to look after your mental health:

The Mental Health Federation also have a campaign to help tackle mental health in schools: Make it Count.
The campaign focuses on tackling the rising number of school children struggling to cope with their mental health. There is also resources for pupils, teachers and parents about mental health in young people.

Find out more about Make it Count:

Find out more about World Mental Health Day:

These resources are all useful to find out more information about mental health and how to deal with it; however, if you feel that you or your child require extra support please contact a professional, such as your GP.