Supporting young people's mental wellbeing
10 October 2018 IN: Schools
Church Secondary School heads learnt more about how the diocese can support their efforts to promote mental wellbeing among teenagers at a gathering attended by Andy Burnham, Mayor for Greater Manchester.
Head teachers and Chairs of Governors heard about the Mayor's support for comprehensive education and his desire to provide more opportunities for young people to improve their life chances.
Delegates received a goody bag from the Diocesan Youth Officer containing games and ideas for stimulating debate and helping young people to open up about their feelings, worries and concerns.
Chris Curtis from YouthScape talked about the unprecedented cultural challenges that teenagers face and the issues posed by 'selfie culture'. Young people constantly compare themselves to others who appear to be better looking and having more fun than they are. In this unreal world many are increasingly struggling with mental health issues and self harm.
Manchester is the first diocese in the Church of England to appoint a Mental Wellbeing Youth Worker
Amy Sixsmith is providing support to teachers, youth workers and clergy in the area of mental wellbeing. She will be offering a training programme to support young people in making positive choices about their own mental health, support their friends, and train people in Mental Health First Aid.
The diocese is committed to helping clergy and teachers to be better informed and skilled to support young people's mental wellbeing.