Youthspace.me is the forum for young people to learn, share and talk about some of the things they often don't know how to talk about. The media is always giving messages about how young people are scary, anti-social or out of control. It's not so good at telling us how to deal with stress or about how we can feel motivated and get on top of life. Youthspace can. Good mental health is a basic right and should be something we all know how to use. Emotions, difficult life experiences and the pressures of fitting in are things we all have to cope with at some stage. Backed by experienced staff from professional local Youth organisations, Youthspace is a partnership led by young people working to challenge the stigma and myths about what goes on inside your head. With up-to-date information, real life experiences and a sense of humour, Youthspace.me is essential kit. Save it with your top sites and find out more about where your head's at...
Birmingham Youthspace is a coordinated clinical, research and public health programme focused on youth mental health and is an initiative of the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust. The programme aims to support a preventative approach to youth mental health difficulties and targets the 14-25 year age group. We offer advice and information from clinicians, professional staff and young experts on all aspects of mental health & emotional wellbeing.
We aim to:
- encourage personal responsibility for mental health by understanding 'how it works'
- encourage people to support and motivate each other
- promote a wider awareness & understanding of mental health & illness
- offer up-to-date information about maintaining emotional wellbeing and self-confidence
- provide useful help and advice to anyone in distress
- provide general links and resources for people wanting more information
- reduce negativity, prejudice and stigma through increased understanding
The Youthspace team involves a lot of young people and works closely with a variety of agencies across the West Midlands, who offer us their knowledge and expertise ensuring that we provide correct and up-to-date information.
We believe that all young people should be aware of mental health issues and have the skills with which to look after their own emotional well-being. Increasing the knowledge and coping skills of young people, as early as possible, can help prevent the likelihood of problems developing by giving them the right tools to cope. Our continued work with communities, young people experiencing distress, parents, carers, mental health professionals and schools will help ensure that this is at the forefront of all we do.
Birmingham Youthspace is directly guided and supported by the Youth Board. The youthboard meets monthly and comprises of approximately fifteen young people and staff members from both Birmingham Youthspace and Fairbridge West Midlands. The board meets to discuss and give guidance on the development and design of Youthspace projects and events, including how a new clinical youth service will best serve the needs of young people; how our website can best inform young people of mental health issues which are relevant to them; how young people can make a real contribution to new service developments and design of educational materials; and how we can raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health to a general public audience.
The youthboard has its own written constitution and rules and regulations which have been agreed by the membership and has an elected Chair and several members elected to key roles. Quite often the youthboard has to focus on service or public health development tasks and will initially discuss ideas in small workshops and then regroup to provide feedback and inform the programme with suggestions and guidance. Examples of projects worked on include the development of the website "youthspace.me"; design of the Youthspace logo; creation of ID cards; support for key educational events and creation of multi-media training materials and campaign posters. Youth Board members support all aspects of the health promotion strategy and are involved in conferences, meetings and community liaison with other agencies. The board is the best forum for expressing what is most important to us, and some quite heated debates have taken place over how the service should be run. As well as hard work the youthboard members are involved in many social activities including special events meals out and weekends away. Regular attendees are also involved in developing key specialist groups such as the film media group and the health mapping group, which in turn give a powerful voice and wider influence to the membership