Supporting a young person with gaming and mental health
Young people tell us that for them, gaming can be so much more than just a game. It helps them relax, connect with their friends and feel part of a community. That’s why we’re delighted to announce that we’ve partnered with Celebrity Esports to launch More Than A Game, a campaign designed to bust myths on gaming, and help young people have a more positive time when they play.
Although gaming can be a really positive thing, like many other aspects of life, it can become a problem. If you’re worried that your child or a young person you know is struggling with the impact of gaming on their mental health, have a look at the information and advice on our website. We have tips on speaking to your child about gaming, knowing when there’s a problem and more.
Shop the YoungMinds collection
Check out our range of hoodies, limited edition T-shirts, bracelets, activewear and more – the perfect way to show your support for YoungMinds when you’re on the go. Every time you shop with us, you’re helping us work towards making sure all young people can get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.
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Get running for YoungMinds
Whether you’re a seasoned runner, you’re just getting started or you’re looking for the motivation to get started, why not become a YoungMinds Hero and run for #TeamYM? Choose from a range of events, like the Asics London 10k or the Oxford Half Marathon, and register for your place now.
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Help us improve our Parents Helpline
If you are a parent or carer, we need your help to develop our Parents Helpline service. Sign up here to join our 90-minute online workshop from 12.30pm – 2pm on Friday 11 June and your feedback and insights will help us shape changes to the service.
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Register your interest for one of our free online workshops
We are running a variety of free online training courses to support professionals in their response to the pandemic. Registration is now open for courses in May and early June, and we will be announcing more dates for June and July soon.
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Help us improve our guides for parents
Could you help us improve our resources and guides for parents by sharing your views? If you have experience of supporting your child or a young person with autism and mental health or racism and mental health, sign up here to provide feedback on our new parent resources. We’ll then follow up with more information. It will
New on the blog this month
- Coping with anxiety about the easing of lockdown restrictions: After so long in lockdown, it’s natural to feel some anxiety about restrictions easing. Here three of our bloggers share their feelings and their tips for coping.
- Why I’m proud to be autistic: Hannah, 20, shares how autism affects her, what real acceptance of autistic people looks like, and why she’s proud to be autistic.
- The simple tip that boosted my self-confidence: It’s natural for us to go through periods where we don’t feel very confident. Aimee, 17, shares a simple analogy that helps her when she’s struggling with low self-esteem.
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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.
Thank you for your ongoing support – Team YM 💛