One in four people in the UK will experience mental health problems every year. Could your young people be the ones to cut that number?
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Improving the mental wellbeing of families, scout groups and society
Just like physical health, we all have mental health. Sometimes we feel well and able to cope with everything. Other times we may feel low or stressed out, or struggle to get through the day. Mental health problems can affect anyone; it doesn’t matter what age or religion you are, whether you’re male or female, or your ethnicity. It doesn’t mean you’re weak, just that you need some support.
Every week, 250,000 people will visit their doctor because they’re worried about their mental health. But nine out of ten people who experience mental health problems say they also have to live with prejudice and misunderstanding. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Just like we need to look after our bodies to try to keep them healthy, we need to look after our minds too. From teaching others how to improve their resilience to creating outdoor spaces to improve mental health, young people could improve the mental wellbeing and resilience of families, Scouts and wider society.
Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Along with the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health (NIAMH) and Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), they have designed activities and provided access to volunteers to help your Group understand mental health and, more importantly, take action to help everyone improve their wellbeing and resilience.