This World Mental Health Day (10th October), the World Federation for Mental Health decided that the focus will be ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World’:

“The acts of prevention, early interventions, resilience, available information and services are the key factors in creating a healthy future for our young people.”

To mark this significant day, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England has launched the #HandsUp4HealthyMinds toolkit. This practical set of resources is designed to help anybody that would encounter young people – teachers, lecturers, sports coaches, carers or parents – identify some of the signs of mental ill health in young people aged 8-24.

The #HandsUp4HealthyMinds toolkit is free for anyone to download from MHFA England’s official campaign page and includes infographics, GIFs, videos, a quiz and a ready-to-use slide deck on why youth mental health matters in schools. There are also some sample social media posts and support cards, which can be used to share the toolkit and support World Mental Health Day.

On the launch of the ‘#HandsUp4HealthyMinds’ toolkit, Javed Khan, CEO of Barnardo’s commented, “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 to get more support.”

Find out more about MHFA England’s campaign and download the materials from the ‘#HandsUp4HealthyMinds’ toolkit by visiting: