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New mental health campaign for young people

One in four of UK adults have had feelings of loneliness because of coronavirus, according to research by the Mental Health Foundation.  But almost half of all young people have experienced the same feelings.

In Cornwall specialist support is being made available to young people and their families and carers through the Headstart Kernow project, part of Cornwall Council’s Together for Families. 

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The campaign focusses on two new web pages: one for children and young people with information on how to support their mental health resilience, and another for parents and carers with information on how best to support young people during this time.

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for children, wellbeing and public health Sally Hawken said: “Children and young people are no less affected by the worry and stress of the coronavirus than adults.  Many of them will be missing school and friends or are anxious about when they will be able to see other family members, such as grandparents.

“These new resources are designed to support families and young people as we navigate our way through the pandemic. For parents, carers and young people in Cornwall; we all need to remember ‘it’s OK to not be OK’ and that help is available.”

 

The advice for young people was created with the help of young people themselves and can be found at www.startnowcornwall.org.uk. It contains information on the five ways to wellbeing, including some ideas on how to keep busy, and advice about home learning has a full list of telephone numbers and chat facilities where young people can get more help or talk to someone about their worries and concerns.

The advice for parents and carers can be found at www.cornwall.gov.uk/togetherforfamilies where there are lots of videos to help parents to understand what their young person is going through, blog posts and tips for supporting each other..  

Head of partnerships, innovation & wellbeing at Cornwall Council, Charlotte Hill, said: “Many young people are going to be affected by the wider impacts of the coronavirus and we need to help them through this challenging time. The pages are an excellent resource and are packed with information to help protect and support mental health resilience.

“One of the best tools is the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’, these are: connect, be active, take notice, give and learn. Simple things like taking a walk, messaging friends or being more aware of the birds singing can all help with your mental health.”

Both the websites are being continually updated with new video content, blog posts and podcasts, with information also being shared on social media.