World Mental Health Day 2018Ebony Chapman
On Tuesday 10 October, NAViGO CIC and North East Lincolnshire Council will be celebrating World Mental Health Day 2018 with a networking breakfast, at Grimsby Town Hall, 8:45am-9:45am.
Every year on October 10, people across the world join together to celebrate mental health education, awareness and advocacy and to shine a spotlight on a particular area of mental illness.
This year, NAViGO is focussing on ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’, in response to alarming UK statistics from charity Young Minds 25th anniversary #FightingFor report* such as:
- Only 9% of young people and 6% of parents reported that they had found it easy to get the support they needed. 66% of young people and 84% of parents reported they had found it difficult.
- Only 6% of young people and 3% of parents agreed that there is enough support for children and young people with mental health problems. 81% of young people and 94% of parents disagreed.
The event invites local professionals who work with, support or provide a service for young people across North East Lincolnshire, aiming to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing as well as providing information on the support and services accessible locally.
The morning will open with an introduction from Lauren King, Commissioning Lead for Peri-Natal and Children’s Services, followed by talks from Young Minds Matter, NAViGO Early Intervention in Psychosis and Transitions Services as well as a an impacting talk from Harry a service user who has now started a new role offering “Peer to Peer” support for young people locally. Attending the event will be the Madam Mayor Hazel Chase and many other agencies and supporting bodies from North East Lincolnshire.
Councillor Jane Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “It is so important to recognise when people are struggling to cope with everyday life. The help and support they receive is essential.
“This networking breakfast will give professionals a chance to talk among themselves about the services delivered and help raise awareness of mental health.
“It is fantastic that we are taking part in such an important event to shine a spotlight on mental illness within young people.”
*Young Minds 25 Anniversary #FightingFor report 2018