Children’s Mental Health Week provides an important opportunity to draw attention to the mental health needs of young people. Mental health is an essential part of overall health, directly related to physical health and the ability to succeed in school and society. A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning.
Teenage depression is very common and it is estimated that 15-20% of teens will develop depression before adulthood. It is marked by a chemical imbalance that affects mood, thoughts and behaviour. It is also the number one cause of suicide. Fortunately, with support, the condition is treatable with a range of therapies that can include medication.
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (CWMT) aims to equip young people to look after their mental wellbeing. The Trust helps people to recognise the signs of depression in themselves and others so they know when to seek help, and ensures expert and evidence-based help is available when people need it.
During Children’s Mental Health Week, CWMT will be running student workshops at Ffynone House School, including:
- How to be a Supportive Friend
- Understanding Eating Disorders
- Understanding Self-Harm
- Understanding Suicide
- Understanding Depression
- Understanding Anxiety and OCD
- Managing Stress during Revision and Exams
- Self-Esteem Building Workshop
- Body Confidence Workshop
- Communication Skills Workshop