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Directing Change Program

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The Directing Change Program & Film Contest encourages and provides a platform for young people to speak out, openly and honestly about mental health. Studies show that although half of teens who are thinking about suicide tell a friend, fewer than 25 percent of those friends tell an adult. By directing change the young filmmakers encourage their peers to know the warning signs for suicide and give them the knowledge to connect a friend to a trusted adult or resource.

“Directing Change provides young people with an opportunity to use a creative medium like film to start important conversations about mental health among their peers and our future California leaders,” said Dr. Wayne Clark, Executive Director, California Mental Health Services Authority.

 

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/california-winners-announced-in-youth-film-contest-to-prevent-suicide-and-tackle-mental-health-stigma-among-peers-300274510.html

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The hospital school run a separate review group towards the end of each week for the young people. Their achievements, academic, social and personal, are reviewed and the young people are asked to rate themselves. Their peers then give them a rating with support from the staff. This can be a revelation for the young person and often leads to them realising greater success than they would allow themselves.

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Young people are to respect staff, peers, belongings, rights to privacy, the environment, opinions and personal space at all times. And the same goes for staff.

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“Within a framework of psycho-social nursing, each child is allocated two ‘key workers’. The Nurses and Therapeutic Care Workers also run various therapeutic groups and community meetings, with the aim of giving the young people opportunities for working with peers.” (see Gustavus Jones 2007)

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High risk groups

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High risk groups

Groups at higher risk than their peers for mental health problems include:

  • Young offenders and children from a criminal background.
  • Children who are being looked after by local authorities or who have recently ended a period of public care.
  • Children with learning difficulties.
  • Children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • Children who have been sexually, physically or emotionally abused.
  • Children with a chronic physical illness.
  • Children with a physical disability.
  • Children with sensory impairments.
  • Children of parents with mental illness.
  • Children of parents with a substance abuse problem.
  • Children who have experienced or witnessed sudden and extreme trauma.
  • Children who are refugees.

Source: Department of Health – read full guide here

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Silent Secret App

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From: silentsecret.com:
“Silent Secret is a social community for young people to share their thoughts, feelings, secrets, news and lifestyle by posting anonymously.

Your post can be a secret, a thought, a feeling, something humorous, aspirational or hopeful.

We believe in Silent Secret as a social community built by and for young people, to support young people to have less stress and anxiety by providing a safe place to share, and connect to expert support organisations in times of need.”
And from Sam Gyimah, Minister for Childcare and Education:
“Silent Secret app that allows young people to safely share secrets whilst providing direct support from key organisations when a young person seems to need mental health support.

Silent Secret is just one of the increasing number of apps that provide young people with support from their peers – and this is an area that I am particularly interested in looking at more closely.” (source)

Check it out here: www.silentsecret.com

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