Today is #timetotalk day and I am pleased to be talking mental health with young people in Liverpool at the official opening of a brand new community hub that aims to bring a range of services together.
The Young Person’s Advisory Service Plus Community Hubs will bring together voluntary and statutory agencies offering children, young people and their families mental health support.
YPAS has been delivering mental health services for children, young people and families for over 50 years in Liverpool and receives over 3,000 referrals each year.
Funding from Liverpool’s Clinical Commissioning Group will enable a North Liverpool and South Liverpool Community Hub to be established alongside the existing YPAS city centre location and expected to reach around 200 families.
It is some welcome local news for young people’s mental health. We know that one in five children will experience a mental health difficulty at least once during their first 11 years and adult mental health problems often start in childhood. Half of young adults with mental health problems first developed symptoms by the age of 15, and three-quarters had symptoms in their late teens.
If ever there was a case for early intervention to prevent problems developing later, this must be it.
We can all do something to look after our own mental health and wellbeing, whatever our age, and we can all help to break down the stigma that still surrounds mental health by talking openly about the issue.
Talking about mental health can be as simple as making time to have a cup of tea or go for a walk, and get in to a conversation with someone about how they feel.
Mersey Care has set up the #Brewfie challenge to harness the power of a brew (whether this is a cup of tea/coffee or a cold drink) to bring people together. Reaching out and talking to someone may be the turning point they need. You can out more about the #brewfie challenge and how to share it, by clicking here.
Talking about mental health with family, friends work colleagues and in our communities makes it easier for people to share their experiences and encourages people to seek help earlier if they need it.
Please join me in supporting Time to Talk Day by starting your own conversation. Click here to see lots of great suggestions on how to get the conversation started.