08 October 2015
Mental health is something that is still misunderstood by many. People with mental health problems are often shown as strange or dangerous in films and on TV and mental health is not generally talked about in schools, homes or the media.
As a result, people suffering from mental health issues can feel isolated and alone. Unsure of where to turn for help, young people with mental health problems can become more vulnerable to older people looking to groom and sexually exploit them. Even if they haven’t suffered from mental illness in the past, young people who experience CSE are, unfortunately, more likely to be affected by the issue in the future.
World Mental Health Day 2015 aims to raise awareness of mental health problems. An incredibly important event, the day is the perfect opportunity to learn a little more about mental health and reach out to those suffering from mental health problems.
World Mental Health Day
In countries around the world, people with mental health problems are often discriminated against and cast aside. This is often simply because their friends, family and community don’t understand mental health and it’s often human nature to fear things that we don’t understand.
World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness of mental health issues. But more than that, this year, the event hopes to teach organisations like the police, the health service, social workers and schools how they can treat people suffering from mental health problems with dignity and how they can include them in the community.
Raising awareness of mental health issues
The more people know about mental health, the less scared they’ll be of it. This means that anyone suffering from mental illness will be less afraid to talk about their issues and will be more likely to get the help and support that they need.
As young people affected by CSE are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, it’s really important that parents, schools and professionals working with those who experience child sexual exploitation know a lot about the issue.
You can get involved in World Mental Health Day by sharing the Fundamental Facts about mental health on Facebook or by Tweeting one of the hashtags associated with the day, like #mentalhealth That way your friends and family know that you support people suffering from mental health problems.
Help and support for young people with mental health issues
Though young people suffering from mental health problems may feel alone, there are lots of organisations and individuals out there who are dedicated to helping and supporting them.
The Rose Project are here to help young people affected by sexual exploitation and deal with the effects it may have on their wellbeing. If you’ve been affected by CSE call us on 0808 800 1037 or chat to us online via our website and talk to one of the friendly members of our team.