World Mental Health Day is just around the corner and this year’s focus is all about young people and mental health in a changing world.

The emotional wellbeing of young adults is just as important as their physical health and mental ill health often starts in young adulthood therefore it is vital that we give young people access to the support they need to cope with whatever life throws at them and to grow up happy, healthy and resilient.

So, What’s the problem?

The stigma around mental illness is slowly fading but despite the focus in recent years, some young people still do not get the support and care they need.

Record levels of young people are struggling with mental health mainly due to the changes in the way we live now and how that affects the experience of growing up.

So, what can we do?

Are we listening enough?

Prevention and early intervention is key, as is continuously improving the knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of young people and families around mental health.

Knowledge is power therefore providing parents and teachers support and training in recognising mental health problems in children and young adults, including signs of suicidal thoughts is absolutely vital.

Here at Talent Inspire, we understand the importance of starting the conversation, so in support of World Mental Health Day 2018 we are supporting and spreading the word about resources for young people’s wellbeing, join us and put your hands up for healthy minds – Wednesday 10th October 2018.