According to a Young Minds survey, 67% of young people believed the pandemic would have a long-term negative impact on their mental health.
We are seeing this reality among the young people we work with, some of whom are facing significant mental health challenges in the fallout of COVID-19 lockdowns during 2020 and early 2021.
Meeting the mental health needs of our service users has long been a priority of asphaleia since we started delivering our charity mental health project, which offers 1-1 mentoring, group work and therapeutic art and music workshops, to support young people to develop a positive relationship with their mental health and well-being.
Following our involvement in Mental Health Awareness Week, we are working towards achieving the FE Mental Health Award, which will help us to further develop our emotional health and wellbeing knowledge and support for service users and staff, leading to more positive outcomes and less stigma around mental health issues.
Further developments will follow shortly as we work towards adding this award to the others we currently hold.