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Why #HandsUp4HealthyMinds?

Our new toolkit is here to help you support young people's mental health in a changing world

World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2018 focused on young people and mental health in a changing world. In support we launched a new set of resources for young people’s wellbeing: the #HandsUp4HealthyMinds toolkit. We hope you find this toolkit helpful for supporting young people - not just on World Mental Health Day but all year round. 

Mental ill health often starts in young adulthood. It’s vital that we give young people access to the support they need to grow up happy, healthy and resilient. The #HandsUp4HealthyMinds toolkit is designed to give you a set of bitesize facts and tips on the mental health of young people aged 8-24. It’s filled with practical tips, links and downloadable content for parents, schools, colleges, universities, youth organisations and practitioners, as well as some self-care tips for young people themselves.

If you find the toolkit useful, please share it online or offline with friends, family, colleagues, and anyone you know who works or lives with young people-so we are all better equipped to support their mental health in a changing world.


Quiz

Test your knowledge about young people’s mental health:

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Infographic posters

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Understanding young people's mental health

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Tips for talking with young people

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Helpful resources for young people's mental health

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A whole organisation framework

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For young people:
Sources of stress

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Self-care and support

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GIFs

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Tips for talking with young people


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Self-care and support for young people


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Slide deck: Making the case for young people's mental health

A ready-to-use slide deck to make a presentation on why mental health matters in schools.
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Film clips

Why we're putting our #HandsUp4HealthyMinds this World Mental Health Day - Hendon School, North London
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What we do to support our mental health - Hendon School, North London
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Support #HandsUp4HealthyMinds on social media


Support cards

Use these images to show your support for the campaign on social media, your website, or your email signature. Click the image to download it.

For Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and email signatures:

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For Instagram:

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Quote cards

Here's what people had to say about the importance of youth mental health. You can use these images to show your support for the campaign on social media or website. Click the image to download it.

Noelle Doona, Assistant Headteacher, Hendon School

Noelle Doona, Assistant Headteacher, Hendon School: "Having the skills and the confidence to broach sensitive topics like suicide and self-harm is so important for everyone on the front line working with young people today."
 

Jayna and Nora, Year 10, Hendon School

Jayna and Nora, Year 10, Hendon School: "Teachers and staff receive physical first aid training. We believe mental health is just as important as physical health and they should both be approached the same way."
 

Jo Dover, United Nations Consultant and Mental Health First Aid instructor

Jo Dover, United Nations Consultant and Mental Health First Aid instructor: "Having supported young people with different backgrounds and experiences, including those affected by terrorism, it's clear the fundamentals remain the same. Showing a young person that they are being listened to and taken seriously can help them open up about their mental health."
 

Javed Khan, Chief Executive, Barnardo's

Javed Khan, Chief Executive, Barnardo's: "At Barnardo's we know how vital it is for children to get timely support. This toolkit for teachers, parents and carers will help them to have conversations with children about mental health and it also tells them how they can get more support."
 

Natasha Devon, Youth Mental Health Campaigner and Mental Health First Aid instructor

Natasha Devon, Youth Mental Health Campaigner and Mental Health First Aid instructor: "Mental health is everyone's business and the schools who do the best job nurturing pupils' mental health adopt a whole school approach, involving teachers, staff and parents to better the mental wellbeing of all."
 

Jo Levy, Head of Counselling (Outreach & Training), Kings College London, and Mental Health First Aid instructor

Jo Levy, Head of Counselling (Outreach & Training) at Kings College London, and Mental Health First Aid instructor: "Our goal is to create an environment where we can all talk as openly about mental health as we can about physical health. Where staff and students wouldn't think twice about telling someone they are struggling. Delivering mental health training is a key part of achieving this."
 

Caroline Hounsell, Director of Communities and Content Development, MHFA England

Caroline Hounsell, Director of Communities and Content Development, MHFA England: "Today's rapidly changing world presents all kinds of challenges for our young people's wellbeing. Making time to rest, reflect and recharge is something we need to teach more of our young people to do - and schools are perfectly positioned to play a part in doing this."
 


Sample social media posts

Here are some sample social media posts which you or your organisation can use to share the toolkit and support World Mental Health Day (download Word Document).

Please follow us on follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube to support our #HandsUp4HealthyMinds toolkit and share what you're doing for World Mental Health Day.