In the UK a staggering 850,000 children aged 5-16 have mental health problems. This is a prevalent issue which needs to be urgently addressed in the context of Government cuts to services.
It is well documented that children in care have often come from chaotic environments and are more likely to develop mental health problems than those who grow up in stable family homes. We believe children in care are an important group to engage in the context of wellbeing and future life chances.
“In the UK there are 93,000 children in care. More than 70% of children in care have been diagnosed with mental health problems”
In the UK there are 93,000 children in care. In a recent article in the Guardian it was stated that “More than 70% of children in care have been diagnosed with mental health problems”. We believe the “a care story” project is vital in engaging with young people at risk of social exclusion. Their voices can make a profound difference and help to reduce the stigma attached to mental health.
Positive learning experiences raise aspirations, develop confidence and increase self-esteem meaning young people are more likely to engage with education and less likely to become disenfranchised in society.
A Care Story is a creative project that gives care experienced young people the opportunity to shape a powerful resource aimed at children and young people in care and is designed to reduce mental health stigma.