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Berkshire Youth has been named Youth Mental Health Champions of the Year by Global Health and Pharma.

The youth service, which has set up a community hub at the Waterside Centre in Newbury, was recognised for its work supporting young people's mental health.

Mental Health Awareness Week, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is dedicated to tackling loneliness.

Berkshire Youth Youth and community manager Kelly Leach outside the Waterside Centre
Berkshire Youth Youth and community manager Kelly Leach outside the Waterside Centre

Falling between May 9 and May 15, bodies and organisations across the UK are taking time to tackle issues of loneliness and its impact on mental health.

It said that the award was “fantastic recognition of its work supporting the health and happiness of local young people”.

Berkshire Youth conducted a survey last year which revealed that the top concern for young people was mental health and wellbeing, with the pandemic causing a huge strain.

Read more: Berkshire Youth discuss supporting young people and mental health in West Berkshire at Waterside Centre conference

It said: “We have worked hard with them to develop appropriate help, support and actions.

"We established the award-winning Berkshire Youth Hubs to support local young people, families and youth workers throughout the pandemic and beyond, signposting them to the activities still available to them, as well as other resources and support as the restrictions have lifted.”

Berkshire Youth chief executive David Seward said: “Through our Youth Survey and conversations with young people, we know that local young people have been going through an unprecedented period of upheaval, anxiety and loss.

“Our 2021 Youth Survey highlighted that the main concern for young people was mental health and wellbeing, with the pandemic adding a huge strain.

“We have worked with them to formulate solutions and action plans to address their needs.”

Mr Seward will be speaking at Youth in Mind’s children’s and young people’s mental health and wellbeing conference on May 18 for anyone who works with children and young people in Berkshire West.

He said: “We will draw upon extensive research and the lived experiences of young people, placing young people’s voices at the heart of the conference.

“Through workshops, data and exhibitions, we will garner a clearer understanding of how we can provide young people with the best possible support and guidance to keep them safe and happy.

“I look forward to getting together with fellow professionals to agree how to come together to support our young people through these difficult times.”

Details on the conference can be found here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/youth-in-mind-berkshire-conference-2022-tickets-261838083757

The Mental Health Foundation’s loneliness report can be found on its website, along with other resources.

You can find more help and advice from the following organisations:

Time to Talk: www.t2twb.org or call (01635) 760331. You can also find help and advice on the charity’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (all @t2twb) or by emailing hello@t2twb.org

You can visit recoveryinmind.org and find a number of resources to help you look after your mental health.

Eight Bells for Mental Health: www.eightbellsnewbury.co.uk – call 07387 962220 – email coordinator@eightbellsnewbury.co.uk

Mental Health Crisis Team – call if you need urgent help, but it’s not an emergency 0300 365 0300 or 0300 365 9999

Sane Line – www.sane.org.uk – call 0300 304 7000

The Samaritans: www.samaritans.org – call 116 123 – email jo@samaritans.org

Childline: www.childline.org.uk – 0800 1111

Mind: www.mind.org.uk – 0300 123 3393 or text 86463

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