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Sound mental health vital for young people

Published 24/05/2016

Mental Health Awareness Week is dedicated to raising awareness of all issues relating to mental health and we should all support the cause.

At The Prince's Trust we know how devastating mental illness can be for young people. As well as affecting happiness, behaviour and social skills, mental health issues make it harder for young people to access work or training opportunities.

We purposefully embed within our programmes activities and discussions around wellbeing and healthy lifestyles to provide support for those young people furthest from the jobs market.

This year's theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is relationships; to encourage us to think about how we interact with each other and the effect that has on our state of mind.

Relationships play a huge role in our lives and communities cannot flourish without them. For young people in particular, the opportunity to build relationships with others in school, a work environment, or on a project can be so powerful, helping to develop confidence and employability skills. Organisations will campaign on this theme over the next few days, but we all have a responsibility to maintain good, healthy relationships with the people around us and I'd encourage everyone to support this cause - not just this week, but all year round.

MARK DOUGAN

Acting director, The Prince's Trust Northern Ireland

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