Hi guys – Hugo here, just interrupting Jess (hope you don’t mind) and telling you that Jess’ campaign around mental health is well needed. This is evident by the extreme battles that Jess has faced in the past with the issue, and how brave she is to talk about them now – and so publicly.
If you, or someone you know, has a suspected or diagnosed mental health condition, or want to find out more – please do follow Jess’ blog on http://bethechangejessicasarah.wordpress.com.
Over to Jess:
So I have finally decided that along with my charity fundraising and awareness building for mental health, that I want to become a Mental Health Campaigner! I am hoping I can get you all on board with me on this challenging journey but with the potentially amazing outcomes!
I would really love to thank Hugo Sugg over at #HugosEarthquake , the amazing Homeless Awareness Campaigner for helping me out with this and with support and tips! Please if you have a moment check out his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Homeless-Awareness-Campaign-HugosEarthquake-1708586162709740/?fref=ts
So the first few weeks will probably be slow when I start getting things properly together, however, I know what I am wanting to have as my first campaign. It is a pretty big aim, but why not?!
Include Mental Health and Well-being as part of the secondary national curriculum!
We all know that Physical and Sexual Health is a part of the secondary curriculum, as they should, however, our mental health is so important! Yes many schools provide counselling, however, I fully believe this is just trying to treat mental health problems starting in schools, not prevention of these issues.
Check out some statistics taken from YoungMinds.Org:
- 1.4% or about 62,000 aged 11-16 year-olds are seriously depressed.
- 11.5% or about 510,000 young people aged between 11-16 years have a mental disorder
- Between 1 in every 12 and 1 in 15 children and young people deliberately self-harm
- 4.4% or about 195,000 young people have an anxiety disorder
- There has been a big increase in the number of young people being admitted to hospital because of self harm. Over the last ten years this figure has increased by 68%
- The number of young people aged 15-16 with depression nearly doubled between the 1980s and the 2000s
- More than half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood. Less than half were treated appropriately at the time
- 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder – that is around three children in every class
Now these statistics, even if the percentages to you seem small, are too high! Children and young people are not taught in schools with how to deal with feelings or even how to help others.
Another statistic from PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is also very shocking to read:
So, why don’t we think about preventing the problem, rather than purely treating it? Yes having the counselling in place is fantastic, but showing these young people how to deal with difficult feelings should be the place to start!
I really hope to get this campaign going within the next few weeks and months with your support. It will be a very difficult thing to do. But with your support it can be done!
Keep an eye out on my page for more posts coming soon!
If you want to get involved at all please message me!