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Secondary pupils to take part in Havering Mind mental health workshops

PUBLISHED: 14:35 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:35 13 March 2017

Ciaran White from Havering Mind talking to students at Havering Sixth Form College about World Mental Health Day

Ciaran White from Havering Mind talking to students at Havering Sixth Form College about World Mental Health Day

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Young people will be encouraged to think about their mental health and wellbeing at a special schools event taking place next week.

A celebration at Havering Town Hall marking the end of the Recorder's Mind Your Mental Health campaign with Havering MindA celebration at Havering Town Hall marking the end of the Recorder's Mind Your Mental Health campaign with Havering Mind

Charity Havering Mind is hosting a session for the borough’s secondaries at Redden Court School, Cotswold Road, Harold Wood, on Wednesday, March 22, in a bid to get children and teenagers talking more about their feelings.

One in four of us experience mental health problems in a given year, and the stresses of modern life can be worse for young people, with pressures over social media, ‘fitting in’, body image and exams.

Havering Mind figures show rates of depression and anxiety in teenagers have risen by 70 per cent in the past 25 years and 14pc of 12-17-year-olds (and 27pc of 18-24-year-olds) experience a mental health problem in any given year.

The charity’s events coordinator Ciaran White told the Recorder: “Every generation has its trials and tribulations and the young adults of today are no different.

“As a young person today, you have to deal with a world that is harsh, critical, busy and wired 24 hours a day. With the advent of social media, the pressures that are on young people to ‘fit in’ or look a certain way are more then ever, and this is shown with increases in rates of eating disorders and self-harming in young people.

“The aim of the event is to get the students thinking and talking about their own mental health. We want to challenge them to go away with the knowledge and tools to be able to take part in their own project, whether it be an awareness campaign in their school, an assembly or simply sharing the information with their friends.”

The session, from 9am to noon, will see pupils take part in group discussions and tackle some common myths.

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