Mental Health Apps: What do young people think?

Mental Health apps are increasingly being used by young people as an extra form of support.

For young people struggling with mental health there’s a new form of support becoming widely available. Not a therapist in a doctors office or a traditional service, this type of support comes from their smart phone and can be reached anywhere there is an internet connection.

2018 has seen an increase in the number of apps available aimed at young people to help support their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

A rise in young people experiencing ill mental health along with severe cuts to services which would traditionally support them has lead to in increase in the number of apps available as well as the number of those downloading and using them. But are they a suitable substitute for traditional support? Which apps should young people use? Where can they find them?

Chilypep spoke to the young people we work with in Barnsley, aged between 15 and 19, to find out what young people really think about this digital support network and found mixed feelings and opinions.

“I think it’s good thatyoung people are turning to self-help methods. It’s easier to access support and self-help on phones and apps especially out of hours.” Said one young person.

Another young person commented “It’s good that we can get some help at anytime through the use of apps but it’s bad that we can’t get that help in person.”

When asked whether the young people found the apps personally helpful one young person said: “Sometimes but not when I’m at crisis point, you need to be calm enough to be rational and able to concentrate to use and understand the apps.” Another said: “I use them as they can give good advice but aren’t always helpful.”

The young people said that some of the most commonly used apps they has personal experience with were Alive, Safety Plan, WYSA, and Calm Harm.

Chilypep have been working with young people in Barnsley with funding from Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group to develop resources for young people experiencing ill mental health.

This includes the groundbreaking Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit which launched in October 2017 and the Open Up Barnsley Directory or mental health services. This includes a guide to young people mental health friendly apps and websites. You can find the Open Up Barnsley Directory here.

Getting crafty with fundraising for Chilypep

Sarah Penn’s knitted tissue pockets raised £100 for Chilypep at the end of 2018

Happy new year from everyone at Chilypep! We want to kick off 2019 with some fantastic fundraising news. 


One of our  fantastic supporters has been getting creative with her fundraising for Chilypep and has made these sweet stitched tissue holders. 
After working her magic with her knitting needles Sarah Penn sold her adorable tissue holders and made an amazing £100 for Chilypep. 


Sarah said: “I got the idea to make the tissue pockets when I was thinking about ways to reduce the amount of plastic that I use. I always have a pack of tissues in my bag, but they are wrapped in plastic from a bigger plastic covered packet. I knit lots of socks and try to find ways to use the spare bits of  amazingly coloured yarn. Putting those two thoughts together seemed obvious, and I did some experimenting!”


Sarah sold the tissues at an event at the end of last year called Crafty Crawl which involves people in her community in York making craft items and selling them in their homes. 

Commenting on why Sarah chose to support Chilypep Sarah said:
“I wanted to support Chilypep particularly because life can be really difficult for children and young people, especially nowadays with so many pressures. I’ve heard about the way you work to help them develop a belief in themselves and skills which will benefit them throughout their lives. I think you also have greater impact because you help schools and other organisations to look at how they can listen to young people more effectively too.”

We love it when our friends and supporters get creative with their fundraising. If you want to find out how to fundraise, get involved or volunteer with us head to www.chilypep.org.uk/donate

Chilypep win Voice and Influence award at VAS Make A Difference Awards

Chilypep young volunteers pose with their award at the ceremony.

Chilypep have been announced the winners of the Voice and Influence award at the VAS Make a Difference Awards.

The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 22nd December. The awards organisers, Voluntary Action Sheffield, say the ceremony is to showcase the work of dedicated organisations and individuals in the city who work to improve the lives of others.

The Voice and Influence Award, sponsored by the Business Improvement District (BID), recognises the importance of people’s engagement in local democracy and the vital role people play in giving others a voice to influence the city.

Chilypep Participation Project Worker Ellie Munday said:

“We are thrilled to have won the ‘Voice and Influence Award’, as this represents exactly what Chilypep is all about! The voices and views of young people influence everything that Chilypep does, and this award is a testament to all their amazing, creative ideas and hard work across all of our projects.”

Chilypep have been working with young people across the city to make sure their voices are heard around issues that are important to them.

Chilypep project member Beth Goodwin said:

“What a phenomenal achievement and great recognition for the hard work we do at Chilypep to change services for the better. Our voice and influence as young people really does make a difference and this has been showcased in winning the award. What a brilliant end to the year!”

Chilypep’s Sheffield-based Projects have been campaigning on improving mental health services for young people, healing community divisions and empowering women and girls. 

Chilypep’s purpose is to give young people in Sheffield and Barnsley the platform and the power to realise the potential of their own voices and have influence over decisions that affect them not only at a local level, but also nationally.

Chilypep staff and young people celebrate after their win.

 

 

 

 

Chilypep Shortlisted for Voice and Influence at VAS Make A Difference Awards

“Women’s rights are human rights.” – Chilypep have worked with young people to campaign on many issues that affect young people in the city including women’s and girls rights. 

Chilypep have been shortlisted for the Voice and Influence award at the prestigious Voluntary Action Sheffield Make A Difference Awards.

the ceremony will take place on the 22nd November and will honour the individuals and organisations working in the city do make a positive difference in the lives of the people of Sheffield.

The Voice and Influence Award, sponsored by the Business Improvement District (BID), recognises the importance of people’s engagement in local democracy and the vital role people play in giving others a voice to influence the city.

The award will go to the organisation or individual who have campaigned and supported people to have their say on issues that are most important to them.

Chilypep Managing Director Lesley Pollard said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted for this award. We are particularly proud to have worked with such amazing young people over the years who have been so passionate about making a difference and getting their voices heard and have a real impact in so many ways both locally and nationally. This recognition of their work and that of our amazing staff is a real morale booster in these challenging times.”

The Awards will take place at the Octagon on the 22nd November.

Upcoming Chilypep Events: Songs for Chilypep and our Annual General Meeting

Here at Chilypep we want to extend a warm welcome to all our supporters, young people, friends and those interested in what we do and how we help young people to our upcoming events this autumn.

CHILYPEP AGM

Monday 1st October 2018 from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm
 
The Conference Suite, Barnsley College, Old Mill Lane, Barnsley S70 2YW
From 4pm onwards
Come along and see our display stalls, presentations and films to find out about what we’ve done over the last year!
Meet young people, staff, volunteers and trustees and take part in some fun consultation activities!
 
SONGS FOR CHILYPEP
Saturday October 6th at 7.30pm
The Hubs, 6 Paternoster Row, Sheffield
Join us for an evening of song performed by Caritas Harmony and supported by Sheffield Socialist Choir Performance includes classics and popular well loved tunes! The proceeds from the event will be donated to Chilypep, the Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project
Buy tickets £10 here on ‘Songs for Chilypep.’
We look forward to seeing you and sharing our work with you!

OASIS group encourage men to speak out this World Suicide Prevention Day

This World Suicide Prevention Day Chilypep’s Barnsley-based OASIS group came together to spotlight the stigma surrounding young men and boys’ mental health and encourage them to talk about their feelings.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under the age of 50 and the OASIS group want to help those feeling desperate to reach out and ask for help.

To add their voices to the #AlrightPal campaign supported by Barnsley Council, the OASIS group created the following video clip to demonstrate the different ways people react to men opening up.

The first scenario in which a young man admits to a friend that he is feeling low shows a series of negative, stigmatising responses such as ‘man up,’ ‘get over it,’ ‘you’re bringing everyone down.’  The second scenario offers more supportive, encouraging responses.

Click the link below to listen to the audio clip.

You Alright Pal Video

The video is part of the OASIS group’s larger, ongoing campaigning around mental health. The group are currently working on their own campaigns to help young people like themselves find their inner hero and see the positivity in mental health.

LISTEN: Chilypep on BBC Radio Sheffield talk social media and mental health

STAMP group member Alex Somerset and Chilypep Communications lead Rebecca Cooke in the BBC Radio Sheffield talking to Howard Pressman.

As part of BBC Radio Sheffield’s ‘Heads Up’ week of special content around mental health, Chilypep were invited to talk to Howard Pressman about social media and the effects it can have on young people’s mental health.

STAMP group member Alex and Chilypep communications lead Rebecca Cooke visited the Sheffield studio.

 

Listen below here:

Chilypep BBC Radio Sheffield Heads Up

Or visit www.bbc.co.uk/radiosheffield to listen to the full show.

Empowerment through poetry

At Chilypep we believe in empowering young people to take positive actions and affect change in their own lives.

Empowerment can take many forms. Whether that’s writing a letter to your MP, taking part in a political demonstration or singing a song about something you believe in. But whatever form it takes, empowerment is all about expressing yourself.

Shannon, a 20-year-old member of the OASIS Group in Barnsley says that she enjoys writing poetry as a distraction and a way of working out her feelings about her mental health.

This powerful poem was written by Shannon and shared with Chilypep for our blog.

Shannon’s poem is a letter to her anxiety

 

 

 

 

DOWNLOAD: Top tips for supporting a friend poster

The top tips aim to give you ideas to support a friend who may be struggling with their mental health.

As the saying goes, the little things make a big difference.

That’s why we’re releasing our Top tips for supporting a friend poster to download on our website now.

Each of the top tips on their own may seem like a small gesture, but to someone struggling with their mental health, it can mean a lot.

From listening without judgement, making a cup of tea or taking part in creative wellbeing activities from our Mental Health First Aid Kit 

There are plenty of tips to help you be there for friends and people that mean a lot to you, who may be struggling, to let them know that they are not alone and help improve their wellbeing.

You can download the poster from the Resources and Reports page of our website.

Preview of the Poster