Cumbria LSCB Newsletter - Mental Health Awareness Week

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Mental Health Awareness Week

mental health awareness week

Mental Health affects all aspects of a child’s development including their cognitive abilities, their social skills as well as their emotional wellbeing. With good mental health, children and young people do better in every way. They enjoy their childhoods, are able to deal with stress and difficult times, are able to learn better, do better at school, navigate and benefit from the online world they are growing up in and enjoy friendships and new experiences. That is why we are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week.

Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem. This Mental Health Awareness Week, we are going to look at mental health from a new angle. Rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, we will seek to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health. Mental health foundation.

The truth about self-harm for young people and their friends and families.

Guidance for professionals working with children and young people who self-harm


This guidance aims to help you identify what to do, who to contact and where to get help when you have concerns about self-harm in children and young people.  Self-harm can occur in childhood but it becomes increasingly common from early adolescence; for this reason, this guidance uses the term 'young people' as shorthand.

Children & Young People's Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Guide for Professionals

This guide is to assist professionals with how to most appropriately respond to and support a child or young person (CYP) aged 5 – 19 years, who are showing signs of struggling to cope.   The guide covers a spectrum of signs, symptoms and behaviours which may be symptomatic of a range of levels of needs in relation to their emotional and mental wellbeing. 

Emotional Health & Wellbeing Multi-Agency Partnership 'Plan on a Page'

Cumbria’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Multiagency Partnership have oversight of Cumbria’s ‘Whole System’ approach to supporting the emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young people.  Their 'Plan on a Page' sets out what their priorities are over the next 3 years.

Surviving or Thriving? The state of the UK's mental health

In March 2017, commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation, NatCen conducted a survey amongst its panel members in England, Scotland and Wales. This aimed to understand the prevalence of self-reported mental health problems, levels of positive and negative mental health in the population, and the actions people take to deal with the stressors in their lives. 2,290 interviews were completed, with 82% online and 18% by phone.



Free self harm & suicide alertness workshops for professionals working with children & young people.   Workshop content includes:

  • Looking at the local and national context and being aware that self harm and suicide are major public health issues and we all have a role to play
  • Helping staff to identify issues, discuss and help a young person seek further help
  • Understanding and using the Cumbria Self harm Guidance & Pathway and being aware of other support

For future training dates

Coming Soon .........

coming soon

What is Youth Mental Health First Aid? Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised two day training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health in young people and provide help on a first aid basis. The training can be attended by anyone from 16 upwards and is relevant for people who teach, work, live with and care for 8 to 18 year olds, including young people themselves. Everyone on the course is taught a set of skills which enables them to support someone experiencing a mental health issue.



Parental Mental Health

This course raises awareness of the main issues surrounding mental health in parents and focuses on how this can impact children and young people. It increases understanding of the causes and symptoms of mental health and knowledge of how to advise and support parents, children and young people.

Self-harm and Suicidal Thought in Children and Young People

This course aims to educate learners about the warning signs, risk factors and actions to take should they suspect a child or young people is self-harming or having suicidal thoughts

For details of all online courses and other learning events please see the LSCB website.

MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults. 

Check your mood.

check your mood

The mood self-assessment quiz uses questions taken from tests often used by GPs to assess whether someone is anxious or depressed. It has been designed to recommend further reading and resources that may help you better understand how you feel..



 Sometimes we forget to think about the fact that most children and young people with a mental health problem will get better!  Some young people will suffer impact into adulthood but despite the risks in later life being greater, they will also experience periods of mental health.  When we are speaking with children and young people it's important to remember to use words that convey hope and optimism.  Five factors have been shown to be important in supporting transformative change:

  1. Connectedness - having or spending time with friends; getting back to school; keeping in touch with family members
  2. Hope and optimism about the future - getting back on track, both resilience and strength based models are based on the premise that hardship can be overcome using strengths in the individual and their environment
  3. Identify - developing a coherent sense of self can be very challenging when identity its at a fluid stage of development in adolescence but it's possible to support young people to develop a sense of who they are through their peer groups and achievements and we need to be aware that young people can be more likely than adults to take on the identity of 'mental ill person'
  4. Meaning and Purpose - having fulfilling and important activities; working towards something, connectedness to peers, school, family, carers and community are all avenues for the development of meaning and purpose
  5. Empowerment - being consulted; being heard; feeling confident to speak up for ones' self.  All of these are important achieving autonomy and self-determination skill.s

(Ref - 'Recovery Orientation in Youth Mental Health and CAMHS', Mental Health Coordinating Council 2014).