Tuesday, March 25, 2014

MindEd: Mental health advice for anyone working with young people

I spent the day at the launch of MindEd, which is a website aimed to give people who work with children and young people good advice on mental health issues.

As its website says:
You can use MindEd in many ways, but basically it is there to help you become informed and better equipped when dealing with children and young people. It is aimed at anyone and everyone working regularly with children or young people, 0-18 years of age. There are a range of materials extending from the general level to more specialised levels. The majority of children develop healthy minds and bodies, but it helps us to help them if we understand better what is healthy, how to support good health and what needs closer attention.
MindEd has been funded by the Department of Health and put together by a consortium of organisations, including my employers the British Psychological Society.

The official launch was performed by Norman Lamb in his role as minister of state for care and support. Given the low ebb the Liberal Party was at when I joined it, I still get a kick from seeing us in government.

I also liked a suggestion from one clinical psychologist who took part. Every proposed piece of new legislation must be accompanied by an environmental impact assessment. Wouldn't it be a good idea if it had to have a mental health impact assessment too?

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