17 May 2023

#OnMyMind: Better mental health for every child in South Africa

Every child has the right to grow up in a loving, nurturing and safe environment, with supportive relationships and access to quality mental health and psychosocial support., Unfortunately this is not the case for many children and young people in South Africa. Children and adolescents face numerous challenges – including individual, social, and environmental factors – that impact their mental wellbeing. Not feeling safe, exposure to high levels of community violence, child maltreatment and gender-based violence are…, Seeking help, The first step and sometimes we need a little encouragement to take it. Being aware of when you need support and knowing where to go for help is the first step. UNICEF – with support from META – ran a 2023 mental health campaign on Facebook that reached more than 17,5 million people in South Africa with coping tips and the counselling service…, Shifting the narrative, Supporting young people to lead the mental health conversation. With our partner  Radio Workshop  we trained 117 youth reporters across nine sites on radio fundamentals and mental health. Youth reporters are leading the mental health conversation through live radio shows and outreach. A total of 184 radio shows have been produced exploring a wide…, Understanding, Getting to grips with the concept of mental health and where to access reliable information and support., Covered • Clean • Caring, The Covered, Clean and Caring  (3Cs) programme – initially designed to stop the spread of COVID-19 – has been updated with mental health resources and training materials for hosting dialogues about mental health. For educators and learners across 151 schools and orphans and vulnerable children centres, the Caring module introduced an “entirely new…, U-Report mental health chatbot, U-Report is a free platform for youth participation and is designed to address issues that young people care about. Providing information in response to a range of issues that young people have raised, including mental health, U-Report has created an easy-to-use chatbot., Having the conversation, Helping schools and communities to talk about mental health, what it is, and what parents and caregivers can do to support the young people in their lives., Check • Connect • Care, This programme focused on a mental health project with the school community in the Eastern Cape. The  Check, Connect and Care   materials were used to train 39 facilitators from 24 schools and helped parents, caregivers and community members to understand more about the mental health difficulties that their children experience, and what they can…, Get help now, Want to know more about mental health? Follow the links below to access the U-report Mental Health chatbot: Whatsapp Facebook   Telegram   OR  On WhatsApp/Telegram: Save the U-Report number +27 83 283 8313 as U-Report SA, send the keyword INFO and follow the prompts to the mental health chat bot. Speak to a counsellor in South Africa Childline: …