Child mental health crisis: Are we ‘medicalising’ children?

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A recent article by The Guardian has revealed a crisis in Children’s mental health and a feared “medicalisation of childhood”.

Natasha Devon has been liaising with schools to deliver mental health and well-being classes and she has declared that an average of three children in a class were diagnosed with mental illness.

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WATCH: Adebayo Akinfenwa talks mental health


Adebayo Akinfenwa is an English Professional Footballer who plays as a striker for AFC Wimbledon. Akinfenwa has also played for Northampton Town prior to signing a 14 month contract with AFC Wimbledon. He is arguably one of the most famous players in the lower leagues of English football, due to his strength from which he has developed the brand “Beast Mode”. He has gone on record of having “Premier League status” despite playing in League 2. Continue reading

Watch: Mind charity’s ‘Get, Set, Go!’

Sport England and Mind charity have teamed up to help break down the stigma attached to mental health.’Get Set Go’ is a national initiative set up to encourage people to participate in sport in order to improve their mental health. Watch the video below to see Lois Swinnerton report on the Big News in Dudley.

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Mental health charter reflects on their one year anniversary


tacklingstigma has been in contact with the mental health charter for sport and recreation’s policy advisor, Hannah Dobbin. The Alliance recently surpassed its one year anniversary and Hannah has written a blog to reflect on its development and how it has made an impact.

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SANE Charity’s Black Dog Campaign

The Black Dog campaign was created by a mental health charity SANE. The black dog has been used as a metaphor for depression and aims to bring the campaign to life with the use of black dog statues all around the country. Those suffering from mental health problems find it incredibly difficult to explain to others. The statues are placed as a physical presence to help people define their experiences with an ‘invisible’ illness. It also promotes discussion, understanding and acceptance, which ultimately contributes to decreasing the stigma attached to mental health. Celebrities, artists and members of the public are encouraged to get involved by designing ‘collars of hope’ and coats for the Black Dog campaign. Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: Conor McBrearty – QPR in the Community


tacklingstigma talks to Conor McBrearty, Inclusive Projects Manager for QPR in the Community on the subject of mental health and the programmes they offer. The Community Trust became a Registered Charity in 2009 and since their inception they have won many awards.

Some of the awards they have won include:

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