Working toward positive wellbeing in young people is one of the most important things which emerge does. Not because every young person we work with has a mental health problem – they don’t – just a few do. It is instead because we want the very best for every young person we journey with and caring for your mental wellbeing is just as important as keeping your body healthy.
One of the struggles though is that we can more easily see the effects of poor physical health, but poor mental wellbeing is less obvious. We’re glad therefore to get involved in campaigns such as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. It helps us talk about wellbeing more and encourages children and young people to talk about it more. Talking more is one way to ‘find your brave’!
One of our most experienced youth and school workers says:
“Young people can ‘find their brave’ in all sorts of ways. Besides the obvious places, such as in family and friendships, they gain the courage they need to cope with hurts and struggles from being involved in a church group or sports team, a band or youth club, a dance troupe or cheer squad, or perhaps volunteering for a charity or community group. Wherever and whenever they feel connected and valued, noticed and loved, they will draw strength and build resilience for the storms of life. Positive relationships are vital to young people’s mental well-being and that’s why emerge workers commit so much time to just ‘being’ with young people and creating hopeful community.”
If you would like to know more about improving the wellbeing of children and young people have a look at the campaign: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/ and you can follow us on social media, or sign up to our newsletter to find out more about how emerge works on this day by day.