Behind the Bandana
For Mental Health Awareness Week, Pudsey’s removed his iconic bandana to show that mental health issues are often less visible. The Bridge are proud to be supporting @BBCiN’s ‘Behind the Bandana’ campaign which encourages conversations that can help keep a child’s mental health on track.
The last few years have seen an unprecedented rise in children with mental
health problems. Covid, then the cost-of-living crisis have increased feelings
of anxiety, depression, and hopelessness. In the last 3 years, the likelihood of
young people having a mental health issue has increased by 50% (2021). And
75% of children and young people who experience a mental health issue aren’t
getting the help they need.
The A Million and Me programme (funded by BBC Children in Need) was
developed in recognition that many children who go on to have mental health
problems in later life have started to show signs of illness before the age of 14.
But Moments of true connection between children and the adults they trust
nurture stronger mental health. Everyday magic such as good conversations,
shared activities and having fun together can keep mental health on track.
The Bridge have been supported by CIN for several years, with them providing funding towards our Talk2Sort Mediation Service. We are strong supporters of this amazing campaign and truly believe that “Conversations can help keep children’s mental health on track”.
For more tips and tools, head to www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey
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