09 Mar

YoungMinds Newsletter – March 2021

Advice for supporting a friend with their mental health


When a friend confides in us, or tells us they’re struggling with their mental health, it can be really hard to know how to respond. We may feel pressure to be their main source of support, or feel as though we have to help even if we’re struggling to cope ourselves. This can cause a lot of stress, but there are ways you can help your friend while looking after your own mental health as well.

This week we launched our new campaign to help you do just that. Our Activists have shared their experiences and created animations full of real stories, tips and advice, which we’ll be posting on our Instagram, TikTok and Twitter throughout this month. The message of the campaign is simple: if you’re supporting your friend, you’re not on your own – it’s Not All On You

Read our tips and advice for supporting a friend

Watch Part 1 of our Not All On You animations. You can watch all the animations on our supporting a friend with their mental health webpage


Our latest report on the impact of Covid-19 on young people’s mental health

We carried out our fourth survey into the impact of the pandemic on young people’s mental health in the January 2021 national lockdown. Of the 2,438 young people surveyed, 75% agreed that they have found this lockdown harder to cope with than previous ones.

> Read the report


Our new resource on panic attacks

Panic attacks can be really scary and hard to know how to deal with, but help is available. We’ve created a new page full of information, tips and advice for young people struggling with panic attacks.

> Read more


Our advice for supporting young people returning to school

With all school pupils able to return from 8 March, we know lots of young people will be feeling nervous. It can be hard as a parent or carer to know how to support them, but you’re not alone. We have information, advice and tips that can really help.

> Read our advice


Sign up for one of our online workshops

Want to learn how to build a participation strategy and evaluation framework for your setting based on theory of change? Sign up now to our online Creating a Participation Strategy and Evaluation Framework workshop on Thursday 18 March.

There are also spaces going in our online Trauma and Adversity workshop on Wednesday 24 March. Sign up now to learn about the impact of adverse life experiences on children’s wellbeing and use trauma-informed approaches to support their mental health.

> See more upcoming courses

New on the blog this month

Our latest tips and advice on Instagram. Follow us @YoungMindsUK

At YoungMinds, we’re leading the movement to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

Over the next few weeks, we will be recruiting for a number of new positions. Please keep an eye on our social media channels for more information.

Thank you for your ongoing support – Team YM 

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