Friday, June 26th, 2015
Helping hound who eases stress by breaking the ice
Jessica Cotton, Right Here Project Manager and her therapy dog Pooka were in the Brighton & Hove Argus this week talking about Right Here’s Walk & Talk activities for young people.
You can read the article in the Argus here: http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/13350448.Helping_hound_who_eases_stress_by_breaking_the_ice/
Friday, June 5th, 2015
It’s Volunteers Week this week which is a fantastic opportunity for us to thank all of our awesome volunteers.
Volunteers play a really important part in Right Here: we are a truly youth-led project, meaning our volunteers make a lot of important decisions and decide how the project will run. We aim to develop teams of volunteers which are diverse and reflect the communities which we are trying to help. All our volunteers are aged 16-25.
Thank you so much from all of the Right Here team.
Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Self-injury Awareness Day is held each year on March 1st and to help raise awareness The Chrissy B Show on Sky 203 dedicated their programme on the 27th February to the subject. Chrissy B invited Jessica Cotton, Right Here Project Manager onto the show to discuss what Right Here is doing to support young people in Brighton and Hove and what effect this is having in the community.
The Chrissy B Show is a positive TV show that tackles different topics, especially mental health issues and informs and equips viewers to be more positive. It features many of the issues currently in the public eye and uses powerful real life stories in the search for constructive solutions and positive outcomes. The show is also daring, covering difficult topics that aren’t always featured in the media, such as self-harm.
Watch the video here (Jessica Cotton is on 32 minutes into the show):
How does Right Here support young people?
Right Here has created several support materials for young people and those close to them, these include:
- For young people seeking information: ‘Talking about Self Harm’ – http://right-here-brightonandhove.org.uk/selfharm/
- For parents worried about their child: ‘Are you concerned about a young persons wellbeing? A parents & carers guide’ http://right-here-brightonandhove.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Parents-guide-small.pdf
- For young people seeking help: Doc Ready – an online app supported by Stephen Fry, which helps young people prepare to talk to their GP about mental health – http://www.docready.org/static/client/index.html#/home
For more information on Right Here please visit: right-here-brightonandhove.org.uk
Thursday, February 19th, 2015
It is now understood that adolescence to early adulthood is the peak age of onset for mental ill-health. As a result, the call for more joined up, adolescent friendly services has never been more important.
To that end, Right Here has produced free new resources to help professionals working with young people deliver services that are more ‘youth friendly’ when it comes to mental health and emotional wellbeing . You can download these fantastic guides by going to: http://right-here-brightonandhove.org.uk/research/
The ‘How to…’ guides are designed to bring together learning from the five year Right Here programme initiated by Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) and the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) to support the mental wellbeing of young people aged 16–25.
Each guide focuses on a particular theme arising from the programme’s work across the UK and aims to provide practical pointers and suggestions to support the development of innovative and effective responses to the mental wellbeing of young people.
Poor mental health is closely related to many other health and social concerns for young people, including educational achievements, employment, relationships and substance use. The ‘How to…’ guides address the professionals working in these areas, supporting:
- Those delivering mental health and wellbeing services to help tackle some of the barriers which prevent young people from accessing traditional mental health services.
- GP and primary care professionals to develop practice that is ‘young-person friendly’, and better identify and address the mental health needs of the young people who come to see them.
- Commissioners of services to help them commission better youth mental health & wellbeing services – and involve young people in the process.
- Youth organisations to better promote wellbeing more effectively in youth work practice.
Thursday, October 30th, 2014
This Sunday 2nd November, tune in to BBC1 at 11am to catch a story featuring YMCA DLG Right Here Brighton and Hove project.
Right Here Mental Health Promotion Coordinator Rose Allett and two volunteers from the team, Nichola and Anthony, were filmed and interviewed by the BBC for the Sunday Politics Show (South East). The show will highlight ways the local NHS, Council and voluntary sector are tacking mental health issues in Brighton and Hove, especially in relation to young people and self-harm.
Head of Public Health Tom Scanlon will be interviewed live in the studio, and local GP and mental health lead Dr Becky Jarvis was interviewed about our city’s new mental health and happiness strategy.
Representing the voluntary sector, Rose and the Right Here volunteers were filmed delivering one of their ‘Five ways to wellbeing’ workshops to beauty students at City College, then interviewed about Right Here’s 2013 award-winning research into the perceptions of self-harm, their hugely popular mini support guide called Talking About Self Harm, and about the much-needed Self Harm Awareness workshops that Right Here is offering to 13-25 year olds around the city.
So set yourself a reminder for Sunday morning, or watch this space for the iPlayer link next week!