Chris Evans the MP for Islwyn, says World Mental Health Day gives people a chance to check in with the children and young people in their lives about their mental health. World mental health day (10th October) this year focuses on the mental health challenges facing young people.
This Month it was found that 16-24 year olds are the loneliest age group by radio 4. The loneliness suffered by young people may be surprising to some but there is often a stigma surrounding mental health which leads to it not being discussed. It can be difficult for young people to admit they are struggling with their mental health.
World Mental Health Day can be used to start a conversation with a young person about their own mental health. Talking to young people about mental health openly and honestly is crucial to ending the stigma.
Mental health problems in children are a growing issue. The NHS reports that 1 in 10 children suffer with mental health problems. It can be helpful to children struggling with their mental health to know that this is a common problem, that they are not alone and that support is available.
Mr Evans said ‘Giving the young people in your life a chance to talk about their mental health is a great way to end the stigma around mental health challenges.
‘Talking about struggling with mental health can help young people realise that it is common problem and nothing to be embarrassed about. A simple conversation may give them the courage they need to ask for help and support.‘
Those struggling with their mental health can call Samaritans on 116 123 (UK) For help and advice.