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May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week


18th - 24th May 2020


Mental Health Awareness Week is hosted  by The Mental Health Foundation. MHF is a charity specialising in research and policy development, with a focus on preventing mental health problems.

For our first campaign we thought we'd join Mental Health Awareness Week as we know what an important issue it is for young people.

Over many years Young Mayors and Young Advisors have initiated and worked on projects and policy around young peoples mental health and wellbeing.. we know there is much more to do. Let us know what you us and help contribute to what is needed in Lewisham.

The theme for Mental Health Awareness week is 


How do we look after each other? a bit more kindness could really help all of us!


What kind of things do you do?  let us know!


..contacting someone you've not heard from for a while seeing how they are

..helping out with a job at home

..volunteering in the community


Share with us the kind things you have done on instagram

 @lewishamyoungmayor or via the website here and if you want to we can add your picture, idea, whatever it is to our website for all to see here on the blog could be a drawing or photo of you doing something kind at home..

.. a poem, story or song about kindness (your own or someone elses)

or any other ideas you have please share!






During lock-down some people will be finding the changes difficult and it   can anxious time for everyone.Below are some tips for helping if you're feeling low or anxious and organisations who can help.

How you can help yourself


#be kind to yourself!..


Five steps to mental  wellbeing 

  • Give

  • Be Active

  • Connect

  • Take notice

  • keep learning

Support for young people in Lewisham

Organisations that can help if you are feeling low or anxious and would like some information or someone to talk to, or things to do 


Youth First provides activities and support for young people in Lewisham. Usually they run youth clubs and playgrounds, during lock down they have some great online activities and 1 to 1 support from youthworkers   find out more here


Kooth provides free online counselling and mental health and wellbeing support for young people aged between 11-18 (up until their 19th birthday). 

Join Kooth here 

Find creative things to do in Lewisham here


More organisations that offer support

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 The Mix is here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts that people under 25 have in order to give them the best support through our digital and phone services.

click here


Apps and more to support your welllbeing

more info here 

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Young Minds

tips on wellbeing and coronavirus

and more here

In a crisis contact:

Blue Typographic Social Media

More information here


24 hour text helpline 

Text shout to 85258

more information here


Call the Samaritans tel:116 123

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