Dorset Mind attended the National Citizen Scheme Volunteer Fayre held by BCHA on Friday 12th August. We had a great time promoting our services and meeting young people who might benefit from using them.
But one thing was very clear from our meeting…
Highlighting the need for more Youth Services
We noted that there is definitely a gap in the provision of mental health services for young people. One problem is the long time from getting diagnosed to receiving the required support needed. Unfortunately, this can just exaggerate the issue.
There is a lot of pressure upon young people today. For example, they may suffer anxiety regarding exams or experience peer pressure through social media or otherwise. A student we spoke to expressed concerns that mental health issues were still ‘brushed under the carpet’.
Yes, approachable assistants or counsellors in schools could help address this – but the biggest problem is still getting rid of the stigma attached to mental health. It’s getting more and more important to raise awareness of mental health problems affecting young people.
There are currently very few services specifically designed to support Young People’s mental health in Dorset. We believe there are a large number of young people that would access and benefit from these services. A fact highlighted by the students we talked to on Friday.
To support young people in the local area with mental health problems, we’re developing youth groups and services across Dorset.
If you think you can help us raise money to fund this, please head to this page for more details.