New website launched to help mental health issues

Published Monday, 13th July 2015
mental health website launch
Mind Matters website launched

A new website has been launched which will help young people deal with emotional health and wellbeing issues.

The “My Mind Matters” website offers advice and guidance to young people, their parents and carers and those who work with young people on emotional health and well-being issues.

The website, which has been set up by Rotherham Council and NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group with help from young people, will help the borough’s younger residents and their families access information, advice and support, on emotional health and wellbeing issues. 

This supports the Council’s vision for the children and young people of Rotherham to have the best possible emotional health and well-being and helps to promote positive mental health and to build social and emotional resilience.

My Mind Matters provides information on what is available in the Rotherham area for support and guidance when dealing with mental healthcare issues.  

It also offers the opportunity to share learning resources, links to dealing with timely issues, such as exam stress and how to get help in a crisis.

The website was launched at an event at MyPlace on Wednesday July 8, where young people, parents and carers and those who work with young people were invited to view the website, give feedback and engage with the team who put it together.

Feedback on the website can still be provided through the feedback page and work will continue to keep the information on the site up to date.  

Advisory Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Councillor David Roche, said: “The mental health of Rotherham’s young people has always been of vital importance to all the agencies in the town and I firmly believe that emotional well-being is crucial to resilience, self-confidence and self-belief.

“This website allows us to have a one-stop-shop which is both easy to use, comprehensive and provides help and information to young people.

“The My Mind Matters website will certainly become a vital tool to help professionals in Rotherham react to issues with our young people with a lot more accuracy and speed and I fully support it.

“I hope that both young people and their parents and carers use the site and get the maximum amount of use from it as possible. It’s a wonderful step forward for Rotherham in terms of resources and shows the forward thinking of partnership working in the town.”

Member of the Youth Parliament for Rotherham, Toni Paxford, added: “I feel very passionate about the mental health and emotional well-being of my fellow young people.

“The My Mind Matters website is a great resource to find information and help when people are most in need.”

The attached picture features (L-R). Back row: Contract Officer, Sarah McCall; Senior Manager - Contracts, Nigel Parkes; Public Health Specialist, Ruth Fletcher-Brown; Advisory Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Councillor David Roche and Operational Commissioner, Paul Theaker. Front row: Member of the Youth Parliament for Rotherham, Toni Paxford.

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