Safeguarding: Mental health and well-being for young people

Following on from my focus of young people last week and the potential impact of lockdown for them, I would like to focus today on the impact on the children themselves and how the various lockdown arrangements have affected the mental health and well-being of young people.

Last week, in one of the weekly safeguarding emails I receive, I came across YoungMinds Crisis Messenger.

The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If a young person is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs support, they can text YM to 85258.

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger know that finding the right support is important, especially if young people need someone to talk to right now. They aim to connect every young person who texts them to a trained volunteer promptly to provide crisis help. They will listen to the young person and help them think more clearly, enabling them to know they can take the next step to feeling better.

It is free and confidential to text the service from the following major networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. These include – BT Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Virgin Mobile, iD Mobile, Sky, Telecom Plus, Lebara and GiffGaff.

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