Roadshow highlights mental health support
A SOCIAL enterprise has been visiting schools to raise awareness about importance of mental health therapy and the importance of getting early support.
Rochdale-based Nurture-Psychology has been working with high schools across Heywood, Middleton, Bury and Rochdale, to try and help local young people talk more about mental health.
The training was given by clinical psychologists Dr Kirsty Hughes and Dr Louise Mansell, who grew up in Heywood and attended Siddal Moor High School. They felt the need for support is vital, with one in 10 young people now living with a mental health difficulty and more than 800,000 young people aged five to 16 seeking support for mental health difficulties.
Almost four children a week are now also taking their own lives.
The roadshow focused on what mental health is and about how the brain works, including activities to show how their brain processes information by thinking about their favourite teacher.
Understanding the brain helped students appreciate the benefits of talking, art and writing and how very important it is to get help as soon as possible.
St Anne’s Academy in Middleton is among one of the schools to receive training.
For more information visit nurture-psychology. co.uk, or see the Nurturepsychology Facebook page or @NurturePsych on Twitter.