20 November 2014

Methodist Church addresses mental health concerns among young people

  • Launch of new resource to raise awareness about mental health issues

The Methodist Church has launched a series of mental health resources after young Methodists raised concerns that not enough was being done by the Church to help young people struggling with mental health issues.

The series was launched at the 3Generate Children and Youth Assembly at the weekend. Every young person at 3Generate received a copy of the card aimed at their age group: "Taking Care of your Feelings" for the under 12s, "Staying Mentally Healthy" for the 12 to 18 year olds and "Staying Mentally Healthy" for the 18 to 30 year olds. There is also a fourth pamphlet for youth workers called "Healthy Heads".

Gill Dascombe, Vice-President of the Methodist Church, said: "As a pharmacist working in the NHS psychiatric services, I am aware of the growing incidence of diagnosed mental health problems among children and young people. Many others struggle with educational or peer pressures in our increasingly competitive society. These helpful cards have been produced to alert and inform children, young people and youth workers of the dangers and early warning signs, and to signpost them to relevant mental health organisations." 

Mental health is an issue of growing concern among children, young people and those who work with them. In response to concerns raised by 3Generate, the Methodist Children and Youth teamed up with Young Minds to provide the series of four age-specific cards. The leaflets are available to purchase on the Methodist Publishing website. The portable and pocket-sized cards are available in packs of ten and are priced £2.50 (plus p&p) per pack. Each card provides tips on how to stay mentally healthy and offers information on where to get help.

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