13 participants from across Aberdeenshire met in the very grand boardroom of the Station Hotel in Aberdeen early in October to learn practical skills on how to promote mental health wellness in the young people we work with.
Taking as a start point that all services involved with mental health wellness are under continued pressure as need increases, we explored ways of working without adding to workload.
This course was delivered free to EIS members by City of Glasgow College, and supported by the SUL Learning Fund.
What were the key learning points participants took away?
Three of the biggest mental health issues experienced by young people right now are: anxiety, self-harm and disordered eating.
Isolation can greatly exacerbate mental health issues. Cheap activities like walking and knitting groups are non-threatening and can help combat isolation.
What was useful for participants?
"It was good to hear the issues concerning me are concerning others too."
"Networking and sharing stories help build confidence of practitioners."
"The chance to have professional dialogue."
Where can I find out more about this topic?
YoungMinds Professionals is a toolbox for leaders and front line workers across the children’s mental health system.
The Charlie Walker Memorial Trust offers free resources for tackling and talking about depression.
Be Real offers a toolkit for developing body confidence with young people.
Break the Stigma – a short video on explaining mental ill health.
Video on tackling stigma.
Animation on understanding mental health and what affects us.