Mental Health

What NOT to say/do - Mental Health

2019-06-11 11:57 #0 by: Leia

Hello!

Next month I will be working at a summer camp for young people and a big part of my training is understanding what mental health is, how to recognise poor mental health and how to approach an issue. I think it is amazing that the company are placing such importance on this and ensuring all staff are equipped with the knowledge to help young people going through tough times.

I thought over this next week I could share any notes from my training that may help you also! 

When talking to someone about mental health or when dealing with a disclosure of a mental health problem, they advise there are some things you should try not to do.

Try not to: 

React with horror or discomfort

Threaten or get angry

Ask abrupt or rapid questions

Engage in power struggles; demanding 'just stop'

Accuse them of attention seeking

Get frustrated

Ignore other warning signs

Promise to keep things secret

All the best, Leia

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2019-06-12 08:33 #1 by: Niklas

Is the camp geared towards young people with mental health issues or is this training “just in case”?

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2019-06-12 18:04 #2 by: Leia

#1 Just in case! It deals with a lot of disclosures because it becomes an environment where they actually feel safe and supported. Also, a lot of the activities are based towards improving confidence, we think that has a lot to do with it. 

All the best, Leia

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2019-06-14 05:35 #3 by: Niklas

Okay.

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