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Being an adult in a young person’s life who they open up to about their mental health can be a rewarding but challenging responsibility to take on. Whether you work at a youth club, coach a sports team, or run extra-curricular activities outside of school, we know the positive and crucial role you play in the lives of young people but often feel under-equipped to support them.
Here you will find practical information, resources and tips that give you the tools and confidence you need to support a young person with their mental health.
Being a trusted adult in a young person's eyes isn't as complicated as it may seem. You just need to listen, be kind, and show you care for them. Just being there for them when they need it means more than you would imagine.
We worked with adults supporting young people's mental health to consider when might be a good time to check in with a young person.
Across the country there are adults who are supporting young people with their mental health. We wanted to share some of their experience and resources with you.
The mood battery resource can be used one-to-one or with your groups. Hear what the young volunteers who use the resource have to say in our accompanying video.
We have created resources for people just like you who are working in the community, to help you feel equipped when a young person turns to you for support.
We've teamed up with The Ubele Initiative, Mind and Best Beginnings to help create a space for Black young people to find support, care and joy.
The word bayo comes from Yoruba and means “joy has found us”. We chose this as the name for this platform, as we want it to be somewhere not just for Black young people to get support, but to draw strength.
As part of the campaign, we've created a list of organisations that work specifically with Black young people, including places where Black young people can get mental health support in their local community.