Herts County Council launches award-winning children's multi-agency mental health campaign for 4th year running.

Published: 09 November 2020

Hertfordshire County Council launches award-winning children’s multi-agency mental health campaign for 4th year running

Hertfordshire’s Just Talk week launches on 16 November 2020, and this year it’s more important than ever that children and young people are supported to look after their mental health.

The Just Talk campaign promotes positive mental health and wellbeing, with a long track record of success.

It is now stronger than ever and for the first time, Just Talk week has been moved exclusively online, so young people can get involved wherever they are.

The week includes webinars from local agencies, social media takeovers and a brand-new Five Ways to Wellbeing e-learning programme.

Just Talk Ambassadors are young people who help change the way their peers, parents and other professionals think about mental health and challenge the stigma attached to asking for help. This year, they have also been trained to share the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' themes.

Beth Makowski, 18, from Welwyn Garden City, is a head girl at Stanborough School and a Just Talk Ambassador. Beth said: “Just Talk is such an amazing campaign that teaches us how important our mental wellbeing is and how just talking about how we feel is a great way to gain positive mental health.

“Just Talk has taught me so many ways to improve my own mental health. Becoming an Ambassador has also provided me with ways to support my friends with their mental health.

“It has encouraged me to be more open and talk about my feelings as well as genuinely ask my friends about their feelings. Encouraging people to talk breaks the stigma against mental health and shows us that we all have days when our mental health is good and not so good.”

The impact of coronavirus has undoubtedly increased feelings of anxiety and uncertainty for many of us. The Just Talk website provides free resources for children, young people, their parents, schools and professionals.

Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention, Cllr Tim Hutchings, said: “After a such a difficult year, it is more important than ever that Hertfordshire’s young people equip themselves with tools for resilience and good mental health – and know how to access help should they need it.

“By encouraging children and young people to open up about how they feel and take small steps to engage with the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’, they are learning new strategies to look after their mental health now and in later life.

“I would urge everyone to visit the website to see what resources are available to help.”

To find out more visit www.justtalkherts.org

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