Students in North Lancashire are opening up about their mental health, thanks to Addaction’s Mind and Body programme.
Young Addaction Lancashire will run the scheme at four schools across Lancaster, Morecambe, Fylde and Wyre throughout this term.
Mind and Body is an early intervention programme designed to discuss and promote mental health and emotional wellbeing amongst young people who may be facing low self-esteem, anxiety, body image issues and low mood.
The project also promotes positive coping strategies for young people at risk of self-harming.
Mind and Body begins this week with assembly sessions, followed by one-to-one sessions and finally an 8-week programme for two groups of six students in each school. Discussion topics include risk-taking behaviours; why people self-harm; and understanding and resolving negative feelings.
Paula Harrison, Service Manager for Young Addaction Lancashire, said: “Receiving the monies to address this vital aspect of work is a positive step towards improving the mental health of young people in North Lancashire. We know the distressing impact that poor emotional wellbeing can have and the potential harmful outlets young people utilise. By discussing these issues and hopefully removing the stigma we seek to build resilience and empower young people to share their experiences”.
The Mind and Body programme has been developed in consultation with young people and professionals from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and draws on the experience Addaction has gained from delivering the programme elsewhere in the UK.
The project is a pilot for North Lancashire and funded for one year by Health Education England’s Innovation Fund, aimed at supporting new ways of providing access to good quality mental health services for children and young people.