Not being heard?
More than 850,000 children and young people in the UK have been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
September 7, 2016
WHAT’S WORRYING YOU?
Just as people’s bodies can become unwell, people’s minds can become unwell too. Mental health problems are more common than you might think – three children in every classroom have a mental health problem.
There are different kinds of physical illness and different ways to treat them. There are also different types of mental illness and different types of treatments for them. But mental illness is something most people find hard to talk about. In this section, you will find information about common mental health problems, how to cope with your feelings about it and where you can get more information and advice.
- Anger issues
- Anorexia nervosa
- Anxiety and phobias
- Bipolar disorder
- Mental illness in family
- Post-traumatic stress
- Mania and hypomania
LOOK UP YOUR MEDICATION
Headmeds – Straight Talk on Mental Health Medication
HeadMeds is a unique website about mental health medication for young people created by YoungMinds, launched March 2014.
One in 10 children and young people have a mental health problem, and one in four adults do too. Most mental health problems start in the teenage years, so it is important to get help as soon as you can.
HeadMeds provides accessible, useful information about mental health medication during a time which is often confusing, frightening and isolating.
It includes information about potential side effects, when you should go and get help, and provides answers to some of the difficult questions that you may have around your medication but may feel uncomfortable asking your GP, including ‘Will it affect my sex life?’ or ‘Can I drink with this medication?’.
Complete with real life stories and created side-by-side with young people, HeadMeds provides much-needed, straight talk on mental health medication whenever you may need it.
‘‘Taking medication for mental health problems is not just about taking a pill: it can be an emotional and physical rollercoaster too. It’s so important young people feel they are not alone, that somewhere, someone else has faced a similar battle, a similar whirl of emotion”.
Sarah, Young Advisor for HeadMeds
We have launched the website with information about 21 mental health medicines that are often prescribed. In 2014-2015 we want to increase that to the 30 most commonly prescribed mental health medicines for young people, subject to funding.
There are a lot of things online… but they’re not tailored to young people.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON YOUNGMINDVS
Join our Campaign!
We only get one shot at growing up, but now it’s tougher than ever. School stress, bullying, sexual pressure, no jobs and then not being able to get help when we need it are stressing us out.
So we’re fighting the pressure and creating a mass movement of children and young people campaigning for better mental health and wellbeing.
Following a consultation with 1,600 young people, YoungMinds Vs is focussing on:
- Rewrite the rules – campaign tackling school stress
- Download the 2015 School Stress Campaign Pack
- Don’t believe the hype – campaign tackling sexual pressures
- Stop the rot – campaign tackling bullying
- Fight for your future – campaign tackling unemployment
- Make your feelings loud – campaign tackling access to counselling
- Cope on Campus (campaign tackling uni stress)”
We are creating a groundswell of young activists and supporting organisations so join YoungMinds Vs – fight the pressure, sign up now!
WHAT ARE WE DOING!
- Our Activist Network of over 1500 young people is raising awareness of the campaign in their communities and online.
- 100s of Media Champions are representing the campaign in the media – galvanising the voice of children and young people seeking change.
- We are working with local and national decision-makers to directly influence services and support for young people.
- Lots of organisations are pledging to make a commitment to ensuring young people’s mental health is central to their work.
YoungMinds Vs is being funded by The Big Lottery Fund from its Reaching Communities programme and Comic Relief.
GET INVOLVED TODAY AND HELP US CAMPAIGN FOR CHANGE
This article was taken from YoungMinds