Girlguiding responds to the government's mental health announcement
9 January 2017
Girlguiding’s Advocate Panel welcome plans by the government to introduce mental health training in schools
Girls and young women face huge pressures which can impact on their mental health, so we welcome the announcement from Theresa May which will see mental health training offered to secondary schools in England. In Girlguiding’s Girls’ Attitudes Survey, 37% of girls and young women aged 11 to 21 say they have personally needed help with their mental health. This shows action urgently needs to be taken.
It is vitally important girls are given the support they need. Girlguiding’s Think Resilient programme helps girls and young women to improve their mental well-being and grow their resilience by helping girls to cope with the stresses of everyday life today. We hope the Prime Minister’s announcement will provide even more young people with the help and support they need.
The Advocate Panel consists of 18 Girlguiding members aged 14 to 25 from across the UK. They meet throughout the year to talk about issues that are important to them, such as body confidence, representation of girls and women in the media, access to better sex and relationships education and role models for girls.