Today is Time to Talk Day and our Health Mentors are tweeting top tips for talking about mental health, using the #timetotalk hashtag to support Time to Change’s campaign to end mental health discrimination.
Evolve staff regularly work with pupils with mental health issues and have learned strategies to boost emotional and mental wellbeing.
For some young people, their Health Mentor working with them 1:1 is most likely to be the person closest at hand to recognise early signs and symptoms, initiate conversations and making time to listen.
Simple tips like being a positive listener and giving people time to talk can make a real difference.
Evolve chairman Graham Morgan said: “Evolve Health Mentors work with children to boost their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing, and there is independent evidence that this leads to long-term psychological and even academic benefits.
“Some of the most powerful strategies when children have mental health issues are the simplest. Giving pupils time to talk, feel valued and safe, and encourage them to succeed all offer them the support they need to increase their confidence and self-esteem. Fulfilling the need for a positive role model is also very effective for pupils who don’t have these in their lives.”
Time to Change is working to end stigma around mental health and the Time to Talk Day says every conversation and social media share means more people are reached and more lives are changed.