Resources

The resources listed here are for anyone with an interest in youth work-led mental health: practitioners, commissioners, and funders.

The list includes resources generated by Right Here and by other organisations, including the Mental Health Foundation.

Guides & Toolkits

How to promote mental wellbeing in youth work practice:This guide is aimed at youth organisations working with young people aged 16–25. Its objective is to help to embed mental wellbeing improvement practices within the organisations. The guide is supported by training involving young people who participated in the Right Here programme.

How to promote mental wellbeing in primary care: This guide has been designed to help GPs and other primary care practitioners develop practice that is young person friendly, and better identify and address the mental health needs of the young people who come to see them.

How to commission better mental health and wellbeing services for young people: This guide is aimed at those with a responsibility for commissioning mental health and wellbeing services for young people. Although the Right Here programme focused primarily on early intervention in community settings, many of the lessons we learnt – that are included in this guide – apply equally to the commissioning of services for more severe conditions.

How to promote youth-friendly mental health and wellbeing services: This particular guide is aimed at those delivering mental health and wellbeing services for young people aged 16–25. It has been written to help services address the specific needs of this age group and tackle some of the barriers which prevent them from accessing traditional mental health services.

Heads up!: a toolkit of sessions to run with young people to promote mental health and emotional wellbeing (UK Youth, Paul Hamlyn Foundation).

Learning from the labs: How to fund and deliver social tech for charities and social enterprises.

Case studies of innovative practice in youth work-led mental health and wellbeing

Four case studies from Right Here of innovative approaches to improving young people’s mental health and wellbeing, 2014: The case studies cover the full range of Right Here activities – awareness- raising; therapeutic; participation; and physical and creative – and set out key learning points, underpinning research and areas for future research.

Mark Brown provides snapshots of some of the best youth work-led mental health and wellbeing activities and approaches from the Right Here projects, 2013.

Brighton and Hove: Young volunteers in Brighton and Hove have set out to help GPs get better at meeting the specific needs of young people with mental health issues.

Newham: This project is using one-to-one boxing coaching to help young black and minority ethnic people look after their mental health and wellbeing.

Fermanagh: In Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, young mothers are being supported to connect with their peers, improve their quality of life and raise their happiness levels.

Sheffield: STAMP: (Support, Think, Act, Motivate, Participate) is a group of young people in Sheffield on a mission to make life better for young people with mental health difficulties using a number of innovative approaches.

Evaluation and other reports

IVAR final evaluation (2014): This report by IVAR (Institute for Voluntary Action Research) summarises the achievements and lessons from the Right Here initiative.

Right Here evaluation (IVAR): Young people's perceptions of how the Right Here programme has helped them.

Ark Northern Ireland Policy Brief: Young People, Mental Health, Policy and Research Review 2014: A brief focusing on issues relating to young people’s mental health, drawing on published research and discussion with policy makers and young people from Right Here Fermanagh.

A Voice and a Choice: This report summarises the key learning points and recommendations for changes to youth mental health provision made by young people, mental health and youth work professionals at a national showcase event for Right Here in 2013.

Right Here Mindfull report: The report outlines the violence issues encountered by young people in Newham and the project’s recommendations for addressing them.

Young people's views and experiences of GP services in relation to emotional and mental health: The research was conducted to assess young people's experience of visiting their GP in order to identify responses they would like in relation to their mental and emotional health and what improvements are required to enable them to have a better experience. A summary of the findings can be downloaded here.

Background and related reading

Young people with mental health problems: a toolkit: The Mental Health Foundation is supporting the dissemination of this toolkit produced by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. It is written for generalist practitioners who are not mental health specialists, working in universal services.

Listen Up! Report: Listen Up! makes the case for fundamental change in the basic service model for young people. It calls on commissioners to designate a lead agency and person to co-ordinate the commissioning of services for young people aged 16-25.

The Truth About Self-Harm: This booklet is for anyone who wants to understand self-harm among young people - why it happens, how to deal with it, and how to recover from what can become a very destructive cycle.

Truth Hurts: The final report of the National Inquiry into self-harm among young people. The Inquiry intends that the report should serve as a turning point in understanding self-harm and be a launch pad for changes in the prevention of, and responses to, self-harm among young people in the UK.

Backing the Future: Why investing in children is good for us all: Backing the Future provides the economic and social case for transforming the way we invest in the future of society through our children. The report makes clear the need for a comprehensive investment programme in preventative services for children and young people that would both save spending on dealing with the impact of problems later, and deliver wider benefits to society.

A generation under stress?: This report reveals a generation of girls and young women who are managing a complex spectrum of feelings and emotions everyday. It shows the importance of creating space, among supportive friends, for difficult issues to be explored and girls to be reassured that their feelings are ‘normal’ – and others feel as they do.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Today: The mental health of children and young people is of increasing concern to us all. This handbook introduces the subject to the wide array of frontline workers in health, education and social services who have regular contact with children and young people, and need some knowledge of the mental health issues that affect them, and the services available.

Heads Up: Mental Health of Children and Young People: Mental health problems don’t just affect adults. Over one million children and young people in the UK suffer from disorders that make it hard for them to cope with every day life: to learn, make friends or deal with stressful situations. Three out of four of these are not receiving adequate treatment and so are more likely to grow into adults with ongoing mental health problems. NPC's report, Heads up, explores how charities are helping young people recover from mental health problems.

A Good Childhood: Searching for Values in a Competitive Age: This inquiry report, by the Children's Society, says excessive individualism is causing a range of problems for children including: high family break-up, teenage unkindness, commercial pressures towards premature sexualisation, unprincipled advertising, too much competition in education and acceptance of income inequality. The report says that although freedom and self-determination bring many blessings, the balance has tilted too far towards individualism in Britain.

Supporting young people's mental health: eight points for action, a policy briefing from the Mental Health Foundation: This policy briefing outlines key areas for the development of support for young people and their mental health, focusing in particular on adolescence and young adulthood (the 11-25 age range)

Building Resilient Communities: This report focuses on resilience; setting out the types of services, resources and infrastructure that need to be in place locally to support resilient communities, helping people to ‘feel good and function well’.