Public Health eNews

August 2014

New website available to help improve the mental health of children and young people

Hertfordshire became the first local authority in the country to host the launch of a new resource for preventing children and young people with mental health conditions slipping through the net.

A survey commissioned by MindEd, a consortium of mental health experts, took place recently and found that 38 per cent of adults would not know how to spot the signs of a child or young person suffering from a mental health problem.

The website – MindEd (https://www.minded.org.uk) has a collection of resources and e-learning packages available which will help any adult professional working with children to spot the signs of a mental health condition.

This resource supports Hertfordshire’s strategy and commitment to a multi agency approach to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people in Hertfordshire. Good mental health, improved inter-agency working, improved access to mental health services and addressing inequalities are a priority for Hertfordshire County Council and its partners.

The mental health strategy can be found online at http://www.hertsdirect.org/docs/pdf/h/hymstrategy
  
Information on general happiness and wellbeing is also available online on hertsdirect at www.hertsdirect.org/healthinherts  

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