MP joins Wirral students to support campaign to help young people build good mental health

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08 Feb 2019
Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood joined young people and mental health experts from leading charity, Action for Children, to support the parliamentary launch of Build Sound Minds – a campaign to help children and teenagers build good mental and emotional wellbeing. 

The event coincided with Children’s Mental Health Week (4-10 February).

A third of 15 to 18-year olds assessed by Action for Children were found to be suffering from mental health issues. Young people in need of support have been taking part in the Blues Programme, the first ever UK-wide early help intervention for teenage depression, which has recently been introduced to five Wirral schools.

Also at the event in Parliament were two students from Upton Hall School – Gabby Breen and Emily Philliskirk – who have benefited from the Blues Programme.
 
The Blues Programme is an evidence-based intervention which actively engages students suffering from, or at risk of developing, a mental health condition. The programme aims to reduce the signs of low mood and negative thoughts, and to promote prevention before problems escalate.
Margaret Greenwood said:

"It was a real pleasure to attend the launch event of this important campaign.

"I enjoyed meeting Gabby and Emily from Upton Hall School and hearing about their experience of the Blues Programme.

“Acting early can help stop problems in their tracks and it’s vital we do everything we can to help young people.

“I would encourage young people across Wirral to look out for their own wellbeing and to seek support early if they are struggling.”

Julie Bentley, Chief Executive of Action for Children, said:

“Just like our physical health, our emotional wellbeing needs care and attention. And the first step in doing this is to create a positive conversation about mental health.

“Every day we support children and teenagers who are struggling for a number of reasons. Some are concerned about their futures, many are dealing with the intense pressure of school work and others are experiencing problems at home, all while navigating a complex world with contact stimulation from social media.”

More information is available at www.buildsoundminds.org.uk. Action for Children can be contacted on 0300 123 2112 or via ask.us@actionforchildren.org.uk


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