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Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust welcomes those who instruct children’s physical activities and sports groups to find out more about mental health difficulties affecting young people.
The free half-day training session aims to help those working in community sports and fitness settings to recognise signs and symptoms of mental ill health and to learn some techniques to support the young people they work with.
The training offers a brief introduction to young people’s mental health and aims to develop awareness around common mental health problems affecting children and young people, including eating disorders. It encourages participants to consider the impact of stigma, barriers to participation and what they can do to help.
Susie Kaylor, training co-ordinator said “The number of young people experiencing mental health problems is increasing with one in nine children aged between five and fifteen thought to be affected.
“Children who are engaged in sporting activities can spend a large portion of their time at classes and competitive events. The relationships they build with their instructors and coaches are often very positive. As such, they are ideally placed to offer early support to those experiencing difficulties.
“However, many people feel worried about approaching the topic. They may be fearful that they will say or do the wrong thing or that it is not their place.
“Children’s mental health is the responsibility of all of us as a community.
“We know that experiences in childhood can have a huge impact on our lives; affecting the relationships we form, our academic achievements and emotional resilience. By equipping sporting leaders with the skills to support those experiencing emotional or mental health difficulties, we hope to improve outcomes for children and young people.”
The event takes place on Thursday 5 September, 9.30am – 1pm, at My Place, Middlesbrough. Spaces are limited. To book your place pleases contact the child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) training team via email. TEWV.CAMHSemail@example.com or tel. 0300 013 2000 (option 1).
The CAMHS training team run a variety of children’s mental health training sessions for parents, carers and professionals in Teesside. Visit www.tewv.nhs.uk/CAMHStraining for more information.
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