East Riding of Yorkshire Council is making residents aware that there are a number of services and sessions available in the East Riding to help and support people of all ages with mental health issues, as part of World Mental Health Day which takes place today (10 October).
World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness of the silent disease, which can affect anyone at any time in their lives and this year the council is focusing on young people and mental health in a changing world.
Lindsay Shelbourn, public health lead for mental health and suicide prevention at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The world we live in is changing; children and young people are facing different challenges to those their parents and carers faced.
“Fifty per cent of mental health problems are established by age 14, if left untreated this can have a severe impact into adulthood.
“It is vital we support our children and young people to build resilience and intervene early if we have concerns about their mental health.”
Some of the services and sessions that are taking place in the East Riding of Yorkshire that can help with mental health include:
Smoking cessation sessions
East Riding of Yorkshire Council offers support with smoking cessation, which can help relieve stress, anxiety and depression and helps to give people a more positive outlook on life. These benefits apply to all smokers, not just those with pre-existing mental health problems. For more information please visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree
Stoptober is currently taking place nationally and offers smokers the chance to benefit from free services and sessions across the country.
The Fitmums and Friends club is a unique running club which offers support to mums, dads and the community. Focusing on supporting runners of all abilities, the club will offer a range of distance runs from one to six miles and can help runners to achieve their goals, meet new people, socialise and have fun.
Laurie Fergusson, public health lead, said: “Fitmums and Friends offer not only the opportunity to get physically active but to also meet and socialise with new friends. The supportive atmosphere within the groups helps everyone to get the best out of the activities no matter what level of runner you are. Fitmums and Friends is open to men and women aged 16+.” For more information visit www.fitmums.org.uk or search for the group on Facebook.
Reading Well scheme
At a time when 1 in 10 young people have a diagnosable mental health issue, it’s important to support them with expert endorsed books available to borrow for free from East Riding libraries.
Reading Well for young people is a national scheme, part of the hugely successful Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, which provides 13-18 year-olds with high-quality information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm, and difficult life pressures, like bullying and exams.
With the proportion of 15-16 year olds reporting that they frequently feel anxious or depressed having doubled in the last 30 years, there is an enormous need for quality assured mental health information and advice for young people. Co-created with a panel of young people who have had experience of mental health issues, the Reading Well scheme helps young people to understand and manage their wellbeing and emotional resilience. The books can be recommended by GPs, school nurses, counsellors and other health professionals as well as being free to borrow from the library.
Mike McDermott, associate director of Public Health, said: “I am delighted that we are involved in this fantastic scheme that has the potential to make a real difference to the lives of young people.
“Not only is the scheme one example of how libraries can help people to improve their knowledge and scope of reading, it makes our local community a better place to be”.
Reading Well for young people’s recommended reading list of 35 books were selected by mental health experts and young people. The list includes a wide range of self-help and information titles, as well as memoir, graphic novels and fiction, from hugely influential novels The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and popular non-fiction such as Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson, Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed by Nicola Morgan and The Self-Esteem Team’s Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTFs?!! to the self-help guides Banish Your Body Image Thief and Breaking Free from OCD.
The core booklist for Reading Well for young people:
For more information visit reading-well.org.uk/shelfhelp or www.eastriding.gov.uk
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