At a time of indefinite change for many people across the globe, protecting our mental health and wellbeing has perhaps never been so important. The gradual easing of lockdown brings life back to a steady pace – even if it is still at a two-metre distance. But for many of us, these changes can still be difficult for us to cope with and its easy to become fearful and anxious worrying about what the future will bring.
Following the success of our Strong Young Minds project, we are announcing the launch of our brand-new campaign to continue to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people in Herefordshire. There has been a lot of talk about a ‘new normal’ and adjusting to life beyond what we once knew. This can often be uncomfortable, particularly when coping with our mental health and wellbeing.
That’s why this World Mental Health Day (10th October), we are announcing our enhanced #StrongYoungMinds project to help support young people aged 10-26 through the everyday and find new ways to manage and stay healthy both mentally and physically. Whilst a lot of things seem different and uncertain at the moment, our SYM project will offer the support and guidance on how to cope with the unknown as well as working closely with young people to continue to address issues which can have an adverse effect on their mental health and wellbeing.
The ongoing impact of COVID-19 has undoubtedly affected the thoughts and feelings we all have, creating a new set of worries and anxieties that we might not have even known we had. That’s why, as part of our new campaign, we want to hear from you to offer some insight into the many different ways you may or may not have coped through #ChapterCovid.
What was your experience of lockdown? How did you spend your everyday? How has COVID-19 made you feel? How have you adapted to the restrictions? What have you learnt about yourself?
So, calling all young people, parents and carers, we want you to get involved! From written stories and experiences, to art pieces, to top tips for dealing with mental health, or even a list of the films that helped you pass the time – your own unique take will help others to find the support that they need.
Fancy getting involved and having your say? Send your submissions, big or small to firstname.lastname@example.org.