Supporting Mental health and Wellbeing of Young People 16+

23rd November 2020

Join Our Free Safeguarding Webinar with Mike Armiger

Young People’s Mental Health

The mental health and wellbeing of young people has never been so important. These facts and figures below can be found on the YoungMinds website and demonstrate the scale and growth the issue of mental health is for young people in the UK.

  • 1 in 6 young people aged 16-24 has symptoms of a common mental disorder such as depression or an anxiety disorder[1]
  • 75% of all mental health problems manifest by the age of 24[2]
  • Nearly half of 17-19 year olds with a diagnosable mental health disorder has self-harmed or attempted suicide at some point, rising to 52.7% for young women[3]

On top of these figures, in an era of Covid it has been widely recognised that people aged 16-25 have been hit the hardest by effect of the pandemic, they were more than twice as likely as older workers to have been made redundant, while six in 10 young people saw their earnings fall.[4] Creating feelings of fear and anxiety for the long-term impact on their futures.

Supporting Organisations to Safeguard Young People’s Mental Health

It is clear that caring for young people’s mental health is of critical importance. And the people charged with their protection will need support and guidance to improve outcomes and make proactive interventions to safeguard this age group.

This is why we’ve partnered with mental health expert Mike Armiger, to deliver this free safeguarding webinar exclusively for organisations working with young people aged 16 and beyond.

About the Webinar - Supporting Mental health and Wellbeing of Young People 16+

This webinar will take place 2nd December at 3:45pm (GMT) and you can register here. Independent Education & Mental Health Adviser, Mike Armiger, will explore key messages, strategies and themes around young people’s mental health. The session will equip staff with confidence and know-how to support young people in their settings.

The session will cover:

  • Reclaiming the narrative
  • Inclusive language
  • Cultivating hope
  • Supporting distress
  • Introduction to safety planning

Spaces are limited, so book today to avoid missing out!

About Mike Armiger:

Mike is a well-known and highly respected Independent Education & Mental Health Adviser, specialising in the fields of trauma, mental health and suicide prevention.

As a specialist trauma and mental health advisor, Mike educates and supports health and education teams on trauma informed practice. He also helps organisations at a strategic level to implement changes to improve mental health outcomes for the people in their care.

As well as this, Mike advises the creation of specialist care & education provisions, trains teams in the UK and worldwide in suicide prevention/mitigation, and is the author of the Regulation Framework- A whole school system and support planning framework for young people affected by trauma. This framework has now been implemented by health and education teams in 5 European countries.

Who is the Webinar Suitable For?

  • College staff and senior leaders
  • Sixth form staff and senior leaders
  • Training providers
  • All professionals safeguarding young people aged 16+

Save your free seat here!

Written by Sam Franklin


[1] NHS Digital (2017) Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey: Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, England, 2014. Available at: Based on 17.3% of 16-24 year olds being identified as having a CIS-R score of 12 or higher. A CIS-R score of 12 or more is the threshold applied to indicate that a level of CMD symptoms is present so that primary care is warranted.

[2] Kessler RC et al. (2005). ‘Lifetime Prevalence and Age-of-Onset Distributions of DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication’.

[3] NHS Digital (2018) ‘Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, 2017’ Based on 46.8% of 17 to 19 year olds that were identified as having a diagnosable mental health condition reporting that they had harmed themselves or tried to kill themselves at some point.