We hope you've been enjoying some long overdue sunshine. It’s been another busy month for us here at the Centre. We’ve published new research into how creative and sporting activities can make mental health support more accessible for boys and young men. You can find out more on this in our YouTube Q&A.
This week we were deeply disappointed to see the insensitive and harmful reactions to Naomi Osaka opening up about her mental health difficulties. When someone at work raises concerns about their mental health and asks for help, it’s vital that they are believed, taken seriously, and met with a compassionate and sensitive response. You can read our response to these events here. Also, do take a look at Kadra Abdinasir’s latest blog on current policy and rhetoric around managing behaviour in schools – we’re clear that the Government need to put young people’s wellbeing at the heart of any approach.
Do you fancy joining our team? We're looking for a new Public Affairs & Policy Lead and a Researcher with Quantitative Skills. Could this be you? Find out more about the roles here.
‘Thriving Not Just Surviving’ was a three-year programme funded by Comic Relief to deliver community-based mental health support tailored to the needs of boys and young men. Centre for Mental Health evaluated this programme and found that embedding mental health support in sporting and creative activities can engage boys and young men who might find traditional services less welcoming or relevant.
Mental health ambassador Marsha McAdam speaks about using her lived experience to create meaningful changes in services, and how those of us living with a mental health difficulties can 'bring our whole selves' to work.