World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day, a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. This day each October, supporters come together to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on people’s life.

The World Federation for Mental Health established World Mental Health Day in 1992, and this year’s theme is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.

Young people can experience a range of mental health problems. Mind, the mental health charity, gives information about where children and young people can get support with a mental health problem.

YoungMinds is a UK charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. The YoungMinds resources library has toolkits, publications, reports and policy information about children and young people’s mental health.

MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health. If you volunteer, work or are studying to work with infants, children or teenagers MindEd has e-learning applicable across the health, social care, education, criminal justice and community settings.

To help professionals, parents and peers to support children with their mental health Pavilion Publishing have created a guide, Youth Self-harm and Suicide Awareness: A reflective practice guide for staff working with children and young people.

More and more schoolchildren are struggling to cope with their mental health. Amidst rising rates of depression, anxiety and self-harm in children and young people, the Mental Health Foundation has launched their Make it Count campaign. The Mental health in schools: Make it Count webpages include guides for pupils, parents and teachers to help children better understand, protect and sustain their mental health.

The National Institute for Health & Social Care (NICE) produces guidance on social and emotional wellbeing in children:

Social and emotional wellbeing: early years

Social and emotional wellbeing in primary education

Social and emotional wellbeing in secondary education

Our Mental Health – Children and Adolescents speciality resource list highlights just some of the resources and services available through your Library & Knowledge Service.

For more information contact our Mental Health Specialist Librarian, Amy Dunn.