Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme, set by the World Federation for Mental Health is ‘mental health for all’.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought great disruptions and immense challenges across the globe. There have been major changes to the way we live our day to day lives from going to work or school or even socialising with friends and family. These changes are having and will continue to have a considerable impact on our mental health and wellbeing. It is important that we take the time to reflect on the impacts of the pandemic but also ensure we are supporting everyone in this transition, especially those who are most vulnerable.
Children and young people across the UK have had their lives turned upside down by the pandemic. There have been drastic changes to their education, social life, day-to-day structure and routine to name a few, whilst at the same time having to process the global pandemic and possibly processing traumatic experiences that may have occurred during the lockdown period.
Right now we need to be supported not ignored. – Young Person
It is vital that we continue to support and develop children and young people’s mental health, wellbeing and emotional resilience to support them through such unprecedented and uncertain times.
World Mental Health Day, on Saturday 10th October, provides an opportunity to raise and celebrate awareness of mental health for the global community but also an opportunity to support those around you, whether that be a virtual “Tea and Talk”, a great way to come together during this difficult time, or whether it is about joining the movement itself.
To help us understand the importance of mental health awareness and World Mental Health Day, we have collated a quiz below showcasing some statistics of how the virus has impacted children and young people’s mental health in the UK.
It’s vital we continue to raise awareness and support the development of wellbeing and resilience in our children and young people in order to support them moving forward and to somewhat minimize the lasting impacts of the pandemic. Take a look at the organisations below and the support we can offer at The Mighty Creatives.
For more information on World Mental Health Day and on how you can support click here.
Want to read the report from Young Minds survey? Click here.
If you’re looking for further support there are a number of organisations who can help, including but not limited to the following: