Mental health support to be offered as part of National Citizen Service
Monday 21st August, 2017
Young people will be offered mental wellbeing support as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) initiative, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced.
May said training will be provided for young people taking part in NCS programmes to help them cope with exam stress, struggles at home and other challenges by raising their awareness of mental health and improving their knowledge of where to get help.
“Mental health issues can have a devastating effect on young lives and that’s why making sure young people are fully supported both inside and outside of the classroom is a key priority for me,” she said.
“We know that early intervention, along with giving young people the confidence to access support, is key – that’s where NCS plays such a vital role.”
In tandem, the NCS will train more than 10,000 adults who work on its behalf on mental health issues. Frontline workers will likely undertake an e-learning course on basic mental health awareness, while NCS programme managers will take one- or two-day course.