Teenager trained to teach mental health to other girls

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A young Girlguiding leader is set to promote mental health to other Girlguides in Banbury, after recent research revealed major problems with UK girls’ mental wellbeing.

Girlguiding has launched a new wellbeing and resilience badge programme, after findings from Girlguiding’s 2015 Girls Attitudes Survey revealed that 62 per cent of girls aged 11 to 21 know a girl or young woman who has experienced a mental health problem.

Developed with support from youth mental health experts YoungMinds, the Think Resilient programme uses interactive activities to help girls find positive ways of dealing with pressures and challenges in their lives.

Hannah Griffiths, aged 17, from Banbury, joined 100 other Girlguiding members aged 14 to 25 at Sheffield’s Hilton Hotel to be trained to teach the Think Resilient programme.

Created following requests from girls, the badge programme will be delivered by young women in a supportive peer environment.

As a Girlguiding Peer Educator, Hannah will be able to deliver Think Resilient to girls and young women in Banbury.

Hannah, a Young Leader with 1st Neithrop Rainbows and 1st Grimsbury Guides, said: “I am extremely excited about this new resource because it covers such an important issue in a really fun, safe and interactive way.

“I feel peer education is a very effective way to tackle relevant issues and can’t wait to start delivering these sessions to girls and young women in Girlguiding.”

According to the 2015 Girls Attitudes Survey, almost half of girls aged 17 to 21 have personally needed help with their mental health and 82 per cent feel that adults don’t recognise the pressure young people are under.