The amazing thing about the current health crisis is that so many people want to help, including young people. We wanted to know what our young people thought was the most important thing for them to take action on over the next two weeks, so we did the easiest thing – we asked them.
At the top of their list was ‘peer support’. They told us that young people’s mental wellbeing is going to be disproportionately affected by the current coronavirus crisis, and yet it’s not being widely talked about.
That’s why, for the next fortnight, we’re asking young people to share Three for 3. Write (or draw) three things you’re doing to look after your mental wellbeing during this challenging time and share these ideas with three other people.
Once you’ve shared your three things, the people you’ve shared with should share their own three things with you and three others, keeping the conversation about wellbeing going. You can do this with your family, friends, or if you’re over 13 and have social media, by tagging people on social media using #Threefor3.
If you get stuck, why not share one thing you think about, one thing you say, and one thing you do?
Supervise young people when they’re online and let them know how they can stay safe. For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, the Net Aware website has loads of information and safety tips for apps.
Why not post your young person’s #Threefor3 on your own social media channels?
As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.
Sharing personal things
Only share things you feel comfortable sharing, and remember – when something’s on the internet, it’s ‘out there’ for anyone to see and very difficult to delete permanently.
External support links:
0808 8025544 http://www.youngminds.org.uk/
0800 1111 http://www.childline.org.uk
England: 020 8519 2122 http://www.mind.org.uk/
0141 530 1000 https://www.samh.org.uk/
(0044) 28 9032 8474 https://www.inspirewellbeing.org/