Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 17:09Lockdown and the effects on young people's mental health
As we have gone into yet another lockdown straight after the Christmas festivities were over, the government have now acknowledged the massive impact the covid related disruptions have made to young people’s lives and have recognised the significance of detached youth work.
Therefore, (with risk assessments in place, mask in situ and keeping a good 2 metre distance) North Yorkshire Youth are able to continue our detached youth work in the communities across North Yorkshire and are out weekly where we usually hold youth clubs.
Whilst the rules mean that people must stay indoors, sometimes home is not the safest place for everyone. The lockdown is increasing isolation, boredom, lack of socialising, loss of routine, lack of support and this in turn is having a negative impact on the mental health of young people. The rapid return to academic pressure, after six months away, has also had a negative impact, and young people are finding themselves back in the same position again.
Young Minds carried out a survey with 2,011 young people with a history of mental health problems shortly after schools had reopened.
The findings show:
- 69% of respondents described their mental health as poor now that they are back at school; this has risen from 58% who described their mental health as poor before returning to school.
- 40% of respondents said that there was no school counsellor available to support students in their school
- Only 27% had had a one-to-one conversation with a teacher or another member of staff in which they were asked about their wellbeing, by the time they completed the survey.
- Almost a quarter of respondents (23%) said that there was less mental health support in their school than before the pandemic, while only 9% agreed that there was more mental health support.
In addition, research from the Samaritans suggest that calls from young people to their service have increased massively during these covid times.
This all provides us with the disheartening evidence that now, more than ever, it is imperative that we carry on engaging with young people through our detached youth work; offering support, signposting, a friendly face, and someone to talk to or to listen.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 15:06Happy New Year from Richmondshire.
As we find ourselves in another lockdown, I wanted to look back at some of the great work NYY did towards the end of 2020 and the plans for 2021.
We were out and about doing detached work at Leyburn and Colburn, young people came for a chat and told us how they had coped during lockdown, changes at school, having to wear masks and not socialising as much. Most of them kept in touch with their friends via social media platforms.
We launched our bauble project in November and had a great response, with 150 packs being sent out across the County. The photo is of some of the baubles made at Colburn Youth Project.
2021 is turning out to be another challenge but we are up for it!
We have some exciting projects planned including a photo competition, geocache hunt and fairy doors (more details to follow soon). We are also looking forward to delivering new and exciting training for our volunteers and of course the vaccine, so we can get out and about meeting you all again.
Stay Safe and Keep Smiling - we are here to support you.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 15:51Tang Hall Youth Club
Unfortunately, due to the latest lockdown measures, we are still not able to run Youth Clubs or large group meetings.
Youth workers are out delivering detached youth work twice a week around the Tang Hall area. They are engaging and chatting with young people who are out and about, making sure they’re keeping safe, while also encouraging them to follow the current Coronavirus regulations.
Continuing to liaise and link with other professionals in the area helps us to keep up to date with any emerging issues, or the latest places young people may be hanging around.
The Youth Workers have had some great conversations with young people about how the ongoing restrictions and limitations of Covid-19, home schooling and lack of social interactions are impacting on their lives. We are busy making provisional plans for some possible future activities and group sessions as soon as lockdown restrictions start to be lifted again.
In response to informal consultations with young people we should be able to offer some interesting sessions in the local community again before too long and young people can start to enjoy some of the things they used to join in with.