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Wellbeing & Mental Health

Youth Access

Would you be able to assist and support a consultation exercise ProMo Cymru are undertaking in partnership with Youth Access

Week commencing 17 December, for a diverse range of 16– 25 year-olds with awareness of and/or experience of mental health services/provision.

This can range from wellbeing (face to face and digital/online) services, through to prevention/ early intervention services such as counselling/talking therapy, through to specialist clinical and secondary care services such as CAMHS, hospital etc…and anything and everything in between including self-harm and suicide attempts/suicidal thinking, eating disorders...this list is not exhaustive.

This consultation is the starting point of a wider, four nations scoping a piece of work about young people and mental health services which, in this case, will feed into and hopefully inform a co-produced approach in respect of the policy agenda in Wales. Any information and results from the exercise will be anonymised and shared with stakeholders including participants.

The consultation itself will take no longer than 2.5 hours, any travel costs incurred by the participants will be reimbursed; we will pay for catering.

If you are interested in getting your young people’s voices heard through this piece of work, please can you get in touch with me at the earliest opportunity with the following information:

  • best guess on the number of young people you are able to sign up
  • confirm your organisation’s supervision/accompaniment to, from, and during the exercise
  • preference on travelling to Cardiff and participating with other young people OR undertaking the exercise in the local setting which you can provide
  • preference for daytime or evening (taking account of school/college/work commitments etc.)
  • suggestions for availability (dates)
  • view on whether a small incentive should be offered to encourage young people to participate – if yes, what / how much

If you have any other questions before being able to commit to this, please contact Mr I Humpage.

'This is Me'

THIS IS ME is a campaign that will challenge gender stereotypes in a positive way aiming to start conversations about gender and to encourage people to ‘live fear free’ from gender constraints and gender norms.

The THIS IS ME campaign has been developed in partnership with our expert stakeholders and survivors who are part of our Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Communications Group.
These include representatives from:

What is the issue?
Outdated notions still exist of how we should all act and what behaviours and achievements we should expect as a result, putting pressure on people to conform to society’s ‘norms’. Our gender can have an impact on how safe we feel, where we feel we can go, what job we feel we can apply for and other people’s expectations of us.

The THIS IS ME campaign recognises that we are all so much more than just our gender.

The campaign recognises that we must acknowledge the link between gender and violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. It acknowledges that the pressure to conform and gender inequality present in our society can be a cause and consequence of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. Everyone in Wales deserves to live fear free of gender stereotypes –to be whoever they want to be and reach their full potential.

What can you do?
We are starting a conversation about gender inequality and how it affects people across Wales. From a man working as a midwife to a woman working as a mechanic, or a young boy wearing makeup to a young girl playing in the mud with her truck – people across Wales are already challenging gender stereotypes and ‘norms’, but inequality still remains.

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #thisisme to help us build a Wales that challenges gender stereotypes, a Wales free of pressure to conform, a Wales that celebrates #thisisme

Find out more using these links:
Why gender can’t be ignored when dealing with domestic violence.
Gender Stereotypes make teenagers more accepting of violence.
How can gender stereotypes affect children?
Rizzle Kicks' Jordan Stephens on the effects of toxic masculinity.

Children's Mental Health Week 2018: 5-11 February





Children’s Mental Health Week 2018 – #BeingOurselves

Some children and young people can find it difficult to think positively about themselves. Low self-esteem affects more than 8 in 10 of the pupils who have Place2Be one-to-one support. That’s why this Children’s Mental Health Week (5-11 February 2018) we’re highlighting the importance of ‘Being Ourselves’. Place2Be is inviting everyone – children, young people and adults – to come together and celebrate the unique qualities and strengths in themselves and others.

When we have a positive view of ourselves, it can help us to cope with life’s challenges and make better connections with others.

At the same time, celebrating the unique strengths of the people around us can enable us to come together in our schools, workplaces and communities. Whether you’re a parent, someone who works with children, or even just someone who is passionate about supporting children and young people’s mental health – you can support the campaign by getting involved and spreading the word.

Let’s celebrate ‘Being Ourselves’ together.

Wellbeing and Mental Health Summit 2017

It was with immense pride that St Joseph’s RC High School hosted its recent Wellbeing and Mental Health Conference in partnership with our friends from The Dementia and Alzheimer’s Societies. 

Those involved felt very privileged, honoured and humbled to work with our fantastic group of young ambassadors and the feedback the school has subsequently received from professional bodies has been staggering.

The event was a huge success due largely to the outstanding skills and qualities our young people displayed on the day and it was such a privilege to witness these individuals maturing into a kind, confident, considerate and socially minded young adults.  As a Catholic community, the serving and thinking of others are at the heart of what we do and by echoing the Head teacher’s comments from our Insight magazine (Summer 2017) we look to the future and the part our young people can play in society.

‘…..they will continue to grow in faith and use their talents to enrich the lives of others’.

The conference was aimed at breaking any stigma and shame with regards to mental health and coordinating our work with supporting professional organisations and charities in the wider community. Understanding, appreciating and responding to the needs of our pupils and families was a key driver, St Joseph’s has a professional and moral duty to provide well qualified, skilled, ambitious and healthy young people for the local and wider community, therefore our focus on mental health needs to be about improving life chances and wellbeing.

Further information for parents

When more spaghetti hoops end up on the floor than in their tummy...
Pan mae mwy o sbageti ar lawr nag yn eu boliau...

Being a parent can be wonderful and rewarding but also exhausting and challenging. Whether it's screaming in the supermarket or a meltdown at mealtime, children's behaviour can be unpredictable and difficult to manage. And this can sometimes leave you frustrated or angry. If you are sometimes feeling at the end of your tether click on the link below for more information on Take 5.





No Harm Done!
Information about self-harming for young people and parents/carers.

So why are you here? You might be self-harming, maybe you’ve thought about it, maybe you have a friend who is self-harming or perhaps you just want to know more. Things can change.





Wellbeing for Future Generations

Click above for the information film

Click above for the infomation PDF

In 2014 a young people’s needs survey was undertaken in partnership with schools which received nearly 1,000 responses from young people aged from four to over 20. The results were very informative and contributed to the development of school policies, council and partnership services. This autumn, a similar young people’s survey is planned alongside other public engagement relating to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. This new Act places duties on the Council and our partners to work together to improve the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of our communities now and in the future and puts sustainable development at the heart of public services; a world first for Wales.