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World Mental Health Day

One in four people will develop mental health issues at some point every year.  For some, those mental health issues are enduring and will be with them their entire lives.

Mental health issues affect children, young people and adults with equal indifference but with just as great an impact.

Of the 12 million adults affected in the UK only one in four of those will seek any kind of support and costs the UK economy £70 - £100 billion a year.

Yet, despite its prevalence and the fact that mental health issues can strike an individual of any age, gender, race, faith or economic background, we find it incredibly difficult to talk about our mental health.

Experiencing mental health issues can be extremely lonely and without support can deepen.  A support network of family and friends as well as professional services that can offer a range of therapies can be the difference between recovery and decline.

World Mental Health Day – on the 10th October – is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues around the globe.

It is an opportunity for those working in mental health, or those experiencing mental health issues, to talk about their work or their experiences.

One of the most affected demographics of young people in the UK are students, with an increasing number experiencing depression and anxiety related to money, cost of living and balancing full time studies and employment in order to make ends meet.

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This is why Bournemouth University will be hosting a variety of events between the 10th and 13th October in order to raise awareness as well as to provide support to students who may be experiencing difficulties but are yet to seek help.

We are proud to say that on the 11th October MyTIME’s Steve Mills and Joanne Barker will be delivering a talk entitled Young Carers - A Vulnerable Army at 10am at the Executive Business Centre in room EBC708.

Young carers are one of the most in-need groups of children and young people but are often overlooked. Many don’t come forward as they either feel embarrassed or they’ve been told to keep their circumstances a secret.

The Children’s Society estimates there are 700,000 young carers in the UK. That’s roughly 2 for every classroom in the country.

With young carers far more likely to develop mental health issues than non-carers, it is more important than ever that they are not forgotten, particularly at a time when support services are being cut and budgets for those that remain are under threat.

These remarkable young people and children care for a family member and one in four of those support someone with mental health issues.

We simply cannot allow a generation of children to fall through the cracks in a world increasingly fixated on the bottom line or where those who shout the loudest get the budget, get the help and get the headlines.

We work with organisations up and down the country to give young carers the opportunity to have a break, recharge and – most importantly of all – to be children.

Young carers don’t have a conventional childhood and many are supporting an adult in a single parent family so they have no-one else to turn to for help or simply someone to talk to.

Our mission is to offer support, fellowship and to remind these children and young people that not all heroes wear capes.

To learn more about MyTIME and the work we do supporting young carers click here. If you’d like to offer your time to give a child back theirs, or make a donation contact us today.

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