Children's Mental Health Week 2019

Children's Mental Health Week 2019

Turning Lives Around are supporting Children’s Mental Health Week Feb 4-10 with an open day to showcase improvements they have made to their Seacole scheme in Chapeltown and help raise awareness for vulnerable young people and their emotional wellbeing.

First launched in 2015, Children’s Mental Health Week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.

TLA’s Seacole Scheme provides young person’s emergency access to accommodation and supports them into independent living.  Clients can access training, develop their digital skills, apply for jobs and their own accommodation as well as helping them with practical life skills like opening bank accounts.   It was recently recognised by Leeds City Council’s Digital Inclusion project which loaned clients and the team i-pads to develop their skills and awarded the Seacole team Digital Champions status.

Demonstrating the success of their work in recent weeks Seacole clients have held a Come Dine with Me at their Leeds’ home, decorated some of the common rooms and are welcoming visitors to an Open Day in February to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week.

Children’s Mental Health Week, 2019, has a theme of being Healthy: Inside and Out to encourage healthy physical living and the importance of mental wellbeing too.

The initiative is organised by Place2Be, a children's mental health charity providing school-based support and in-depth training programmes to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.

Janet Spencer, Turning Lives Around CEO, said: “Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people, but this is often overlooked due to their age.  Children’s Mental Health Week highlights what many young people are currently struggling through and raises awareness for the support available for them and their families.

“Leeds is very lucky because in addition to services such as Seacole which directly support young teenagers there is a digital hub https://www.mindmate.org.uk/ which is packed full of resources for young people, parents, carers and professionals to ensure that no young person misses out on help or support when they need it most.

“Turning Lives Around are calling for as many people possible to get involved with this initiative.”

Whether you’re someone who works with children, a parent or carer, passionate about spreading the word, or keen to raise vital funds for Place2Be you can get involved here.