There are 76,000 school children in Sheffield. In the Sheffield Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy (2015):
It was estimated that 7000 5-15 year olds in Sheffield have a clinically recognisable mental health disorder.
15,000 Sheffield children and young people live with a parent with a mental health disorder.
40% of Sheffield children experience insecure attachment which is a serious risk factor for poor mental health.
75% of mental health illnesses are established by the age of 14 and the number of children presenting to the NHS for support with mental and emotional needs is increasing year on year.
Professionals on the ground report that with cut backs in staturory services and increadsed referrals to social care and CAMHS, the threasholds for support have become higher. This means many young people who have a mental health need are not getting the support they need.
'Wellbeing' is high on the agenda of all those working with young people as services seek to work preventively as well as proactively.
The Children's Society's 'Good Childhood' report 2019 reports a downward trend in overall wellbeing amongst children and young people, especially those who have experienced financial strain
See below for useful organisations and resources regarding mental health. Click on the name or logo to visit the website.
Cellar Space helps young people improve their emotional well-being by working with them on a 1:1 basis. They work on self esteem, pro-social behaviour, dealing with bereavement, emotional literacy, anxiety reduction and art therapy. Based at The Furnival in Burngreave, Sheffield.
12% of Sheffield secondary school pupils say they feel depressed or sad most of the time. This site is all about helping 12-18 year olds to help or understand their friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally. Set up in association with Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Includes a useful PSHE lesson plan, video and posters for teachers.
The Little Book of Chaos from SGM Lifewords looks at depression, anxiety, self-worth, and the hard-times that life can bring. Written especially with young people in mind, it features Bible verses and real life quotes from other young adults, reminding us that God is with us through it all.
MHFA England has many resources regarding mental health and young people. You need to create an account to access some of them.
Why not make time to ask a young person in your life about how they're feeling? This MHFA England guide can help you to start that conversation.
MHFA Englan's #HandsUp4HealthyMinds Toolkit is also an excellent resource.
Papyrus are the national charity for the prevention of young suicide. Did you know that suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in the UK? Papyrus deliver awareness and prevention training, and have a helpline for people feeling suicidal or worried about someone who may be.
Pontes mental health training educates people about mental health. Often seen as difficult territory to navigate, lack of knowledge prevents people from acting. Pontes believes that knowledge is empowering, and is the key to helping with mental health issues.
Think Twice is a Christian organisation seeking to inform and equip churches to deal with mental health issues in their congregations. They run training courses, deliver sermons and workshops.