Mental Health Awareness Week (18th - 24th May 2020) and this year the theme is 'kindness'
The Mental Health Foundation have a range of resources of posters and social media graphics that can be used to promote the week, to access: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/resources
Greater Manchester is joining together through acts of kindness as we respond to #COVID19 and here are some ideas from @42ndStreetmcr of how you can share some kindness and love, along with an excellent online blog written by Rebecca, sharing some simple ideas of how to everyone can share a little kindness: www.42ndstreet.org.uk/news/latest-news/kindness/
There are also a range of resources, information and advice available:
· Information and resources for parents and carers are available on the Salford City Council website, the page is regularly updated with the latest advice, guidance and tips.
· The Emotionally Friendly Settings website is kept up to date with blogs, videos and resources for parents, schools and young people.
· GM Health & Social Care Partnership webpages are regularly updated to include advice, information and resources to support and manage wellbeing
· Salford Emotional Health Directory: providing an overview on the services available to support children and young people's emotional health and well-being
· The following Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources page on Salford City Council website has a lot of information, links and resources for anyone to use.
42nd Street are running the following participation opportunities for young people:
Change Makers: For any young people aged 16-25 who are passionate about creating a more fair and just society for young people and their mental health in Greater Manchester
Participants will take part in an initial 3-day training programme to support them in developing skills in leading group work and understand how the current mental health system impacts on young people’s wellbeing and recovery. Change Makers will then be supported to create sessions and activities that will engage young people aged 11-18 in the local community and to empower young people to have a voice and campaign for their rights in relation to their mental health
Please email email@example.com for more information
Bee Heard GM Forum: monthly forum for young people aged 16-25 who are interested in making a difference to mental health services for young people across Greater Manchester.
The forum look at different areas of Mental Health and wellbeing and ensure that young people’s thoughts and views are represented at a strategic level.
The next meeting in June will be taking place via Zoom, for more information please email: BeeHeardMH@youthfocusnw.org.uk
The international day against homophobia, Bi-phobia and Trans-phobia (IDAHOBIT) Day – 17th May
Members of the Salford LGBTQ+ youth groups have created a series of visuals to be shared covering 9 LGBTQ+ terms and their definitions (please see attached folder), they are asking that people share on social media as a way of educating others and to use the following hashtags: #IDAHOBIT2020 #SalfordLGBTQ+youthgroups #Salfordyouthservice #LGBT #educate
Anna Freud Centre - From Crisis to Kindness: 3 free seminars for Mental Health Awareness Week
1. The pandemic, mental health and early years: In this seminar we will look at perinatal mental health and the all-important early years and supporting families, particularly those new mothers who experience prolonged distress following childbirth.
Date: Monday 18th May
Time: 17.30 - 19.00
2. The pandemic, mental health and education: In June schools and colleges will start to reopen their gates to pupils and students. But will schools and colleges ever be the same again? Do we want them to? Before the lockdown schools were already heavily engaged with mental health, but these seminars will ask if there is more that we need to do to embed mental health in our education system.
Date: 19th May
Time: 7.30 - 19.00
3. The pandemic, mental health and young people with multiple needs: The seminar draws together some of the issues raised in earlier seminars and asks some fundamental questions. If we want to become a kinder society, how can we work as a society and as professionals to reach out to young people with complex needs and change our mindset as well as supporting them to tackle the problems that they face?
Date: Thursday 21st May
Time: 17.30 - 19.00
Gaddum Services Update
We know that this is a worrying time for families, and we would like to reassure them that we are still here to support them. All our carers, child bereavement and palliative care services are now being provided remotely. We are working with carers and families to find the best ways of supporting them, either by phone, email, texts, or face-to-face through video calling.
Additionally, our team have put together some advice on how to cope during this difficult time, this information covers - How to talk to Children and Young People about Coronavirus; Telling Children and Young People that someone significant to them has died - You can access this advice here