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HEALTHY KNOWSLEY The Public Health Annual Report 2018

This year, our Public Health Annual Report has been presented in a video format and focusses on healthier and happier children and young people.

We know that this is a big issue nationally, with Department of Health figures showing that one in ten children struggle with their mental health.  Reasons include chaotic home environments, responsibilities of being a carer and school work.

At a local level, we know that two out of three primary school children worry about a range of things from tests at school through to homework, family problems and the way that they look.  At a secondary school level, two out of every five pupils worry about exams and tests, how they look and crime, particularly knife crime.  All of these worries impact on our mental health and through the report, we are raising awareness of these issues and the support available in Knowsley.

Creating the right environment is key for children and young people to be able to talk about their feelings and emotions and, working with our partners, that is what we are doing here in Knowsley.

This includes the introduction of the 'Listen Up' project,  working with up to 70 young people who are exploring and sharing their experiences around mental health through the creation of comics and a range of leisure and culture activities available across the borough.

In addition, Emotional First Aid training is being delivered to people who work with children and young people, to improve their understanding of how to respond to the emotional needs of children and young people and a programme that supports children as they move from primary to secondary school has been developed.

We will continue to build on these initiatives over the coming years.  With everyone's help and support, we know that our children and young people will share their feelings and emotions, seek support if needed and go on to flourish into adulthood.
You can watch the video at www.knowsley.gov.uk/publichealth

 

Posted by Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton on April 11th, 2018

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