Young people, health leaders and local experts will come together later this month to discuss the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on people’s mental health, and to share learnings on how to spot signs of loneliness, low mood and anxiety among children and young people.
The online event being held on Wednesday 17 February, will be led by the Shadow Board, a group of young people who help to shape safeguarding across the city with the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership.
The event will feature a variety of talks and presentations from the University of Bath and local young people’s groups, including: Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities group, Unity, and Bristol’s forum for young disabled people and people with learning difficulties, The Listening Partnership.
Ivan Powell, Chair of the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership, said: “We are in an exceptionally difficult time, now in the fourth week of lockdown, and for many the pandemic continues to heavily impact on their mental health.
“I strongly encourage young people and those working with young people to sign up to this event. We are set to hear from some very insightful and inspiring voices who will help us to better understand and recognise when something isn’t right and how to seek the help that is available.”
The online webinar is open to everyone throughout the city, with the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership particularly interested in children and young people aged 12 to 25 attending, who will also have the opportunity to learn about how they can be involved in shaping Bristol’s support services.
The event is being held as part of the Are you OK? campaign, launched by the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership and Bristol City Council to give support and advice to people during the first national lockdown.
Councillor Asher Craig, Bristol City Council Cabinet Lead for Communities and Public Health, said: “Today (4 February), on ‘Time to Talk Day’, people across the country are being urged to start conversations about mental health and check in on each other’s wellbeing. The annual day’s theme is ‘the power of small’, as people are reminded that even the smallest of conversations can make a big difference and help end mental health stigma.
“The Are you OK? campaign was set up to encourage conversations on mental health and get people talking with their friends, family, neighbours – and colleagues. As the pandemic’s continued we’ve seen the impact it’s had on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. We want you to know that support is available and urge you to reach out for help.”
The event takes place on Wednesday 17 February from 10am to 2.30pm via Zoom. You can find out more and sign up on Eventbrite.