14/10/2021: Devon teens create mental health resources for schools

A group of teenagers from Devon are providing schools with mental health resources in a bid to start conversations and help fellow students. Conor, founder of Spark UK, said there was a “lack of . . . resources and education for teachers”. The teenagers, aged between 14 and 16, are distributing the supplies to 60 schools across England, including in Lincoln, London and Bristol.
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14/10/2021: Online campaign launches to tackle youth loneliness

An online campaign using a digital recreation of the night sky has launched to offer support to the 1.9m young people in the UK affected by social isolation. The campaign sees the launch of support . . . website Lonelynotalone.org, which aims to connect young people using an online replica of the evening’s night sky.
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13/10/2021: Gloucester mental health podcast helps young people open up

Teenagers have said a new podcast discussing mental health in young people has helped them to open up about their own experiences. Finley, 16, from South Gloucestershire, talks about topics such as . . . self-harm, anxiety and depression in his show called Unboxed. He said he had the idea for the show during lockdown when many young people started struggling with their health.
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13/10/2021: Children’s homes facing ‘horrific’ recruitment and retention problems

Residential children’s care providers are warning of a staffing crisis, amid burnout fears and a salary war breaking out among homes. One provider described the recruitment and retention problems as . . . “horrific. Like I’ve never known”. The warning has been made by the Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA) after it canvassed members about their staff and recruitment and published the results as part of an internal memo seen by CYP Now.
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