Mental Health Friends Handbook

Young people in Kent were asked where they would go for support for their mental health. They told us that family and friends were often the first place they asked for help.

So, The Mental Health Campaign group of Kent Youth County Council (KYCC) decided to create The Mental Health Friends handbook, which you can view by clicking this link! While there are some good training resources for young people, many of them are targeted at over 16’s and we recognised that young people often needed information much earlier
than that.

We have created this handbook for young people aged 13-16 to:

• Give them the confidence to respond if someone they know is experiencing poor mental health.

• Help them understand the importance of their own wellbeing.

• Recognise the signs and symptoms of a young person who needs mental health support.

• Know where to go to get professional help and support.

To order printed copies of this booklet to be delivered direct to you, simply email your request to

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