1 A piece in the “Conversation” on teaching skills to young people to help them stay mentally well. Couldn’t agree more. As someone now working with children and adolescents, it has confirmed my beliefs that we need to do our best to respond to early signs of poor mental health and equip our young people with the skills to manage low moods and anxiety:

https://theconversation.com/schools-need-to-teach-pupils-skills-to-maintain-good-mental-health-heres-how-95885

2 Transitions for children / young people are often triggers for negative thoughts and stress. Starting university is one of these, so agree with the need to help people cope with it:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-45426843?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cwlw3xz04egt/mental-health&link_location=live-reporting-correspondent

3 Similarly, this website is a resource aiming to help students with their mental well being:

https://www.studentsagainstdepression.org/

4 A generous student on placement in the NHS department I work introduced me to this resource for those helping children in distress:
https://www.minded.org.uk/

About the Author moodcoach

I am an accredited cognitive behavioural therapist with particular interest in working alongside people with depression. I am committed to improving access to psychological therapies. I do this through helping people link with accredited therapists. I help people prepare better for therapy so as to reduce premature endings and to maximise early gains. I also work with a very small number of clients in therapy and offer therapy at an affordable price. My qualifications also include a Diploma in Couselling, I also have the following qualifications:- RGN, RMN, RNLD, MSc, BEd (Hons). My main area of inteets is mood disorders.

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