HeadMeds is a unique website about mental health medication for young people created by YoungMinds, launched March 2014.
One in 10 children and young people have a mental health problem, and one in four adults do too. Most mental health problems start in the teenage years, so it is important to get help as soon as you can.
HeadMeds provides accessible, useful information about mental health medication during a time which is often confusing, frightening and isolating.
It includes information about potential side effects, when you should go and get help, and provides answers to some of the difficult questions that you may have around your medication but may feel uncomfortable asking your GP, including 'Will it affect my sex life?' or 'Can I drink with this medication?'.
Complete with real life stories and created side-by-side with young people, HeadMeds provides much-needed, straight talk on mental health medication whenever you may need it.
Taking medication for mental health problems is not just about taking a pill: it can be an emotional and physical rollercoaster too. It’s so important young people feel they are not alone, that somewhere, someone else has faced a similar battle, a similar whirl of emotion.
Sarah, Young Advisor for HeadMeds
The conditions covered include:
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- personality disorder
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- sleep problems
We have launched the website with information about 21 mental health medicines that are often prescribed. In 2014-2015 we want to increase that to the 30 most commonly prescribed mental health medicines for young people, subject to funding.
There are a lot of things online... but they're not tailored to young people.