Enabling Youth Voice in Mental Health and Wellbeing

Young people in focus group giving their views on mental health and wellbeing

Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind has been chosen to run a 6 month project called ‘Enabling Youth Voices’. The project is funded by and is part of national Mind’s Whole School Approach to Mental Health programme in England and Wales. The programme is looking at how mentally healthy school environments can be created through a whole school approach, including students, teachers, parents/guardians and governors.

The ‘Enabling Youth Voices’ project is looking at ways to better enable young people in schools to speak up and seek help for mental health problems. We are looking at how schools can reduce stigma and facilitate conversations about mental health or requests for mental health support, to create positive and mentally healthy schools.

Since February 2018, Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind has run focus groups with over 100 students and teachers in Bromley and Lewisham boroughs so that their views and experiences can be taken into account in co-designing the ‘enabling youth voices’ aspect of the Whole School Approach programme.

Our work will be brought together with that being done by other local Minds on areas such as assessing school needs, pupil resilience, peer-led support, training teachers and information for parents/guardians to create a ‘Whole School Approach’ programme that will be piloted in schools from September 2018.