Road­show highlights men­tal health sup­port

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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