UK Youth, state that they are increasingly hearing concerns about young people's mental health being raised in youth work settings.
“I think the first thing we need to acknowledge is that this is a serious issue and you cannot treat anything unless you recognise there is a problem first. There are ways of treating mental health problems and we need to make those treatments and support available for all young people. I think that comes from the top, from central government decision making and funding, but it also comes in local communities on the ground. At UK Youth we believe that youth work and tackling mental health go hand in hand. Youth leaders are often the first to notice signs of mental illness among young people.
When youth workers approach the subject of mental health indirectly with young people with whom they have a strong relationship, they are highly effective at engaging with them on the issue to identify risks and offer vital support”.
They have launched a mental health resource pack in order to help them tackle the issue more effectively.
UK Youth said: "What we're seeking to do is make sure everybody has a basic understanding of this issue and knows what the first steps are. The pack is designed to be used by a very experienced youth worker with good training in this area or a volunteer who is quite new to this area."