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Just Talk Week helps young people look after their wellbeing

This year, Just Talk Week ran from 15 – 21 November. As a partner of Just Talk, the Herts Mind Network Children and Young People’s Team played a significant part in the campaign.

Just Talk Week is a multi-agency campaign, coordinated by the Public Health Team at Herts County Council and steered by young people, aiming to spread the message that it is okay to talk about how we feel, and to teach young people how to handle difficult times. This year, Just Talk Week was delivered entirely online, with a mixture of pre recorded sessions and webinars.

We delivered a variety of webinars throughout the week, mainly targeting younger audiences. Attendees included 32 children and young people and 17 parents and carers. One of our sessions was about looking after your own wellbeing, which was based on the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ principles.

Another focused on coping with stress and anxiety, particularly in the context of exam and academic pressure, which has had a huge impact on children and young people with all the uncertainty of the past two years.

The final session we delivered was about creativity as a means to manage wellbeing, and covered a variety of creative techniques. We were delighted with the interaction and engagement from attendees throughout these webinars, and hope they continue to use these strategies and behaviours in their day to day lives.

We also ran a webinar for parents and carers, titled ‘How to Start a Conversation with your Child about Mental Health & Wellbeing’. It was important that we were able to offer this as part of the campaign week, as we recognise the need for parents/carers to have the practical tools to initiate these conversations with their children and young people.

Overall, we were really pleased with the engagement and feedback we received from those who attended, and it was a privilege to once again be involved with such a great campaign. Roll on next year!

On Thursday 20th November, we were invited by the Herts Public Health Team to the ‘Health Service Journal Awards’ in London, where the Just Talk campaign had been nominated for ‘Mental Health Innovation of the Year’. Whilst we didn’t win, it was a great opportunity to network and celebrate all the hard work all the Just Talk partners had put in as part of the campaign.

Author: James Lindsay
Posted on: 23rd November 2021