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YMHFA - Youth Mental Health First Aid
Recently I have done the YMHFA training spending two days in Manchester, covering the basics of Mental Health but training us to give the correct help to young people experiencing poor mental health.
This was great training covering the topics of depression, anxiety, suicide, psychosis, self-harm and eating disorders. This was great to get into some of the topics which affect young people on a daily basis. This might be something that we don't want to think about but our young people have unprecedented levels of poor mental health with 1 in 10 young people having a clinically diagnosed mental disorder, this number is rising and does not take into account of the young people that haven't been diagnosed. This means statistically that at least 3 young people in an average class experience poor mental health.
Being able to respond to this need is something that I believe to be essential. We need to bring these issues to light, not only in young people but in society. But it is only when people feel like that they can communicate what they are feeling inside, that they can get the help to become better. We all have to become more aware of the effects that poor mental health can have.
The good news is that when you have been diagnosed with poor mental health this isn't the end of the story. Getting the right helps and support network around a person mean that people can return to having good/better mental health. In our lives we are on a sliding scale when it comes to mental health, we are all at risk at times and we all need to be part of the solution.
With mental health what sometimes maybe be hidden and unseen needs to be brought into light. This is practically gospel. Therefore I think the church needs to be at the forefront of helping not only young people but our society about wellbeing and mental health.
So please talk about mental health, be sensitive and keep an open mind. One person's experience might be completely different to another's.
If you want to find out more about mental health first aid please go to https://mhfaengland.org/
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