There’s an increasing concern about the impact of the pandemic on children and young people’s mental health and data now indicates a substantial overall worsening of their mental health during the pandemic.
Schools, youth organisations, professionals and volunteers who work with children and young people are encouraged to prioritise the promotion of mental health and to provide the right level of support, by being mental health aware. The pandemic has increased Oxfordshire Youth’s commitment to support the youth sector in these difficult times.
In collaboration with Young Devon, Response and Oxford Health (CAMHS), Oxfordshire Youth is committed to keep offering free training – An Introduction to Children and Young People’s Mental Health. The training embraces the idea that positive mental health is everybody’s responsibility. The training has been designed to support frontline staff in shifting our national culture towards embracing social and emotional wellbeing and responding early to signs of mental health problems.
The training takes a non-clinical approach and it’s designed to upskill and support frontline staff by giving them the tools to:
- empower individuals to have responsibility for the wellbeing of everyone around them
- better recognise and respond to early signs of mental health problems of children and young people
- improve emotional literacy and resilience of children and young people
- reflect on their own mental health and how this could impact upon the children and young people
- reflect on any improvement opportunities within their own work setting
- grow their knowledge and understanding of other services available
The training is FREE for any school, organisation, professional or volunteer working with children or young people in Oxfordshire.
It is designed by: Young Devon, endorsed by: Exeter University and supported by Young Minds and Esmee Fairbairn. This training was originally rolled out across Devon, training hundreds of practitioners and professionals in a range of fields. It has now been rolled out across Oxfordshire training hundreds of professionals. There is solid evidence to show that this training makes a difference.