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Right Here launches new ‘How to…’ guides for professionals working with young people

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.