Another year has come and gone, and it’s time to go back to school.
This can be a hard time for many young people, with changes to GCSEs and A Levels, the pressures of the eleven-plus, and making new friends at new schools, there’s plenty that could bring stress to young minds. Luckily, Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) have put together a handy toolkit to help any parent or child look after someone they care about.
The free resources include:
- A quiz to test your knowledge
- An infographic poster
- Tips for talking to a young person about their mental health
- Potential sources of stress
- Self-care advice
- A whole organisation framework that could be implemented at schools
Our newest member of the Healthwatch team, Emma Settery, is a qualified Mental Health First Aider.
The most important things to remember when talking about mental health is to be non-judgemental, even in your body language, and to not lead the conversation too much. Let them decide where the conversation should go, and how much they want to tell you. Silence can be scary, but necessary. Sometimes all people need is a safe space to talk, and a good listener.