14 May 2020
By Rebecca Avery

Young People’s Mental Health #HereForYou Social Media Campaign

Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, many parents/carers and children receive access to support for emotional wellbeing via GPs and schools. This need hasn't gone away and is probably in demand more now than ever.

This is why the Kent Transformation Board are coordinating the #HereForYou campaign on social media. It has been developed to make sure all families are fully aware of the variety of emotional support and mental health services that is still on offer, albeit with some adjustments due to government guidance.

We are encouraging all schools to get involved and spread the word via your social media channels to make sure no families are left behind and can access the support they need. They have put together a useful social media pack to get your started - 'Here For You' Social Media Plan for Schools

A message for schools from NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group:

We know everyone is likely struggling with their mental health during these unprecedented times, not least our children and young people whose lives have been turned upside down due to the lockdown measures in place. As schools, the vital role you play in looking after our children’s’ wellbeing is even more important during this time. You are a trusted source of information for young people and their families and that’s why we are asking you to take part in our NHS social media campaign designed for schools to let the children, young people and families of Kent know about the services and support available to them.

The NHS is still here for them and we need you to help us spread this message.

Please find attached a briefing that sets out the campaign and what we need you to do. We have designed the campaign to cover 4 weeks, however, you can be flexible about which  posts you share on which days, the only thing we ask is for next week (‘week 2’) as it is Mental Health Awareness week, please share the ‘week 2’ posts that include the hashtag #metalhealthawarenessweek

Thank you for supporting us to share these important messages to our young people.