One of our priority groups for this year is mental health service users. Alongside our project work, we also have been doing smaller pieces of work to raise awareness and share information about mental health services.
Reading Well for Young People
We’re delighted to announce that we have sponsored a selection of books from the Reading Well for Young People collection. These books were released into Buckingham Library a few weeks ago. This collection of 10 books – a mixture of 7 novels and 3 self-help books, which cover a variety of mental health illnesses – will be travelling around the county, moving library every 3-4 months. Covering issues such as anxiety, grief, and eating disorders, these books will help more young people to understand their own mental wellbeing, and the wellbeing of their friends. Hopefully they will be motivated to speak out about mental health, and better support their friends or family members who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
Abbey and Ben
The 10th of October is World Mental Health Day, and this year we launched our mental health services guide and film. The short film is based on the true story of Abbey and Ben, and their struggle with his mental health illness. Told from the viewpoint of Abbey it brings to light the effect that his illness had on her, and the tragic ending of their friendship when Bens illnesses were not addressed properly. At the end of the film Abbey speaks frankly about what she wished they could have done differently, focusing on the stigma of mental health and access to information and support.
Our mental health services guide has been merged into our signposting guide under mental health. We also have a section specifically for young people.