Posted: 19 May 2020

Upside down smiley face: how young people are feeling this Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and young people across the country will be entering their eighth week of school closures and social distancing.

It’s been a really challenging time for everyone, whether that’s due to the changing nature of support services, the uncertainty over the future, or the lack of contact with friends and family. There are so many unknowns at the moment and this can affect people’s mental health and well-being.  

The upside down

In the run up to Mental Health Awareness Week, we asked four teenagers how they’re feeling in the current Covid-19 lockdown.

Staying positive

Despite being faced with so much uncertainty, children and young people across the country are finding ways to continue with their lives and stay positive.

Some of the young people in our services have sent us photos of how they’re getting on, and we’ve heard stories of children as young as six taking on walking challenges to raise money for other young people.

If you would like information or support with young people's mental health and well-being, please see our Covid-19 hub. 


By Kaja Zuvac-Graves

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