Teenage mental health… our future

All in the mind on BBC Radio 4 discusses the issues surrounding teenage mental health.  Claudia Hammond is joined by a panel of experts, Shirley Reynolds, Dr Dickon Bevington, Kimberley Robinson and Sarah Hulyer, to discuss the pressures teenagers face and offer thoughts on how services could be reshaped to cope with this changing demand as well as suggest what parents can do to help their teenagers.

This radio programme is definitely worth a listen. With 1 in 10, 5-15yr olds experiencing a mental health difficulty and 1 in 5 of those adolescents being rejected for treatment, teenage mental health is a growing concern.

Furthermore risk factors for mental health difficulties appear to be expanding. Not only does deprivation and abuse influence teenage mental health, Shirley Reynolds also highlights the high numbers of adolescents who are struggling within enriched environments. So why is this?

The show went out into the community for the answer and with around 5,000 responses with these 5 themes appeared. These included school stress, Bullying, Sexual pressures, uncertain futures and lack of access to help. The theme ‘uncertain futures’ was one that hit home with me. Many of the responses discussed the problem of identity and the pressures and expectations to know who you are and where you are going. It was clear that these expectations led to perfectionist beliefs which in turn left many adolescents fearful of failure. Some described a choking anxiety and an all-consuming fear of making mistakes.

These young people are our future, they are blank pages waiting to absorb the wonders of the world we live in. They will continue our work, our beliefs, our hopes and yet are we nurturing and guiding them into healthy, resilient, hopeful beings? Or do we need to change? Just because something worked before doesn’t mean it is supportive now, we need to change our support strategies and adapt to the needs of our future generations.

If you would like to watch this show, please click the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06kch0z

If you want to know more about how to support young people with mental health difficulties and you live or work in Nottingham City why not sign up for some free mental health workshops.


Monday 16th November

MHFA Lite 9:30am – 12:30pm

MHFA Lite is an introductory mental health awareness course. You’ll receive a MHFA Lite manual that you can take away with you at the end of the session and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England

Thursday 19th November

Mental Health Awareness Training for Frontline Workers 1:00pm – 5:00pm

This workshop will focus on improving skills and confidence to recognise people with mental health problems and offer appropriate support

Friday 27th November

Mental Health Community Workshop – Carers and Citizens 1:30pm – 3:30pm

These workshops will focus on how to promote resilience and wellbeing in the community through building of awareness and resilience amongst citizens and carers

A drop in session will be held after the Community Workshop

Monday 30th November

Mental Health in the Workplace – Managers training 1:00pm – 5:00pm

This course will examine how practical support can be provided to create m environment that is healthy for staff and promote interventions to raise awareness.

The course will show delegates what they can do to support other staff and colleagues who may be experiencing problems with their mental health

By improving mental health outcomes at work delegates will benefit from;

•          Compliance with legislation such as the Equalities Act

•          Reduced grievance and discrimination claims

•          Demonstrable  corporate social responsibility

•          Reduced staff turnover

•          Reduced sickness absence

•          A healthier workplace

•          Better staff morale

•          More committed staff, and

•          Skills retention


Interested? Then please email training@harmless.org.uk, or call the office on 0115 934 8445, and ask to speak to one of our training team.

Leave a Reply