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Thousands of older teenagers facing serious risks because of a “cliff edge” in support

Tens of thousands of older teenagers facing serious risks including child sexual exploitation and mental health issues are missing out on vital support because of a “cliff edge” in support, The Children’s Society has warned.  They said that because there is no statutory requirement for councils to support children in need when they turn 18 they […]

Children’s & youth work links

Links from the world of children’s and youth ministry: Being Present is the Best Present: Beth Craig writes on the importance of being present to support volunteers in youth ministry. A new metric: Jen Bradbury on why recruiting and equipping adult leaders should be a priority in every youth pastor’s work. Parents: Get Inside Your Adolescent’s Brain to […]

Prince William has a stark warning about the stigma surrounding mental health

Prince William has spoken out about his desire to “normalise” the “great taboo” of mental health in a powerful speech. At the Guild of Health Writers conference at Chandos House, London, on Monday the Duke of Cambridge said it was vital that mental health should be viewed in the same way as physical health and that the […]

Girl Guides are getting a new badge for talking about mental health

Girlguiding has a long track record in the UK when it comes to teaching girls and young women useful skills ranging from camping and personal safety to science, first aid, cookery and crafts. Once Girl Guides have a new skill under their belt, they earn badges which can be sewn onto clothing or a camp […]

Primary school pupils driven to suicide, survey reveals

Primary school children are attempting suicide because of exam pressures, too much homework and  cyber bulling, teachers have revealed as a new survey warned suicidal thoughts among pupils are ‘out of control’. One in five teaching staff say pupils have attempted suicide while nearly half of those surveyed said students in their school have self-harmed […]

Future in Mind – Children’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health priorities for Hampshire

  Future in Mind, was published in March 2015 by the government to establish priorities for Children and Young People’s Mental Health. In addition the government committed to spend an additional £1.25bn over five years on Children and Young People’s Mental Health. CCGs have had to submit transformation plans to NHS England, and North East […]

West Hampshire CCG secures funding for mental health training in schools

West Hampshire CCG’s application to be part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Schools Link Pilot Scheme has been successful. This pilot aims to raise awareness and knowledge of mental health issues with staff at schools, as well as improve the NHS’s understanding of specific mental health issues within local schools. […]

Kay Warren on Grief and Facing Mental Illness

Kay and Rick Warren lead the most recognizable church in the world—Saddleback Community Church in Southern California. And that made the 2013 death, by suicide, of their youngest son Matthew all the more painful. In the aftermath of the tragedy, they were targets for malicious criticism and brutal cynicism. But out of the darkness of […]

Archbishop of Canterbury signs letter seeking equality for mental health

A campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues was launched today, backed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, former Olympians, military officers and senior business figures.  More than two fifths of adult men under the age of 45 have considered taking their own lives, a YouGov poll has revealed. Two hundred celebrities, politicians, business leaders […]

Support for children’s mental health must move into the 21st century

The Children’s Commissioner for England says most children are looking to the internet for information about mental health issues. She has called for young people’s mental health websites to carry a ‘health warning’ with some sort of kite mark system to guarantee the quality of the information given, but she says more help and counselling […]

Prayer for #WorldMentalHealthDay

A beautiful prayer for #WorldMentalHealthDay from 24/7prayer on behalf of 25% of our world who struggle with Mental Health challenges:

Candlelit Vigil in observance of World Suicide Prevention Day

I have been asked by a local Police Officer to publicise this event – there will be many more people than any of us realise affected by what this is all about. If you know of someone who has been affected by suicide at any time – please pass this information on to them.