A new online service to provide mental health support for young people in Salford has been launched.
The platform is being offered by 42nd Street for anyone aged 13-25 living in Salford.
It offers expert advice and practical tips on a range of mental health conditions.
Users of the service have access to self-help materials and peer-to-peer support from the comfort of their own home.
42nd street works with young people across Greater Manchester aged 11-25 to support their emotional wellbeing and mental health.
The charity provides lots of opportunities for young people to get involved with so that they can learn new skills, grow, and reach their full potential.
Scott Ford, Online Services Manager at 42nd street, said: “People came to use and said they really wanted to be able to access material online.
“For students, it’s turned out really popular.”
The aim of the new online service is to provide support for young people at a time that is right for them.
Scott said: “With the online service you can message whenever you want and a worker will get back to you at some point in the week.”
“But it’s entirely up to you when you pick that up, which fits in well with chaotic study schedules.”
Newly released figures report that 1 in 9 children aged 5-15 experience a mental health disorder, according to NHS digital 2017.
Despite this, only 1 in 4 young people reported that they were accessing mental health services.
Scott said: “Usually the big hitters tend to be anxiety and depression, especially at the start of an academic year if you’ve moved away from home for the first time.”
According to the survey, young people aged 14-19 who identified as LGBT were more than twice as likely to experience a mental health condition.
Scott said: “40% of those who log on to the service are LGBT because it really helps with the anonymity it offers people.”
It is hoped that the launch of this new digital service will make mental health support more accessible to people. The aim is to break down the stigma that prevents so many from getting the help they need early.
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