World Mental Health Day

October 10th marks World Mental Health day.  This marks an opportunity for frank, open conversations around mental health and wellbeing in an effort to reduce stigma associated with mental health conditions.  Each year a specific area of mental health or its effects are chosen as the key focus for the day. This year the topic is Suicide Prevention.  The mental …

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Isle of Wight Local Heroes Awards

The Local Heroes awards run by Isle of Wight Radio celebrate the individuals that go above and beyond.  The awards recognise people from all walks of life and the nominations cover a wide range of categories.  The nominations come from you, members of the public, colleagues, family and friends and that makes the awards very special and, in some cases, …

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The positive impact of social media

We commonly hear about the effect of social media on mental health.  This is predominantly a negative message with very few positive stories making headlines.  Like all things social media is not inherently bad so why are there so many studies and reports regarding the negatives.  There are positives to social media and when used as originally intended these positives …

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Media’s impact on body image

This year during mental health awareness week the Mental Health Foundation launched the “Be Body Kind” campaign.  This focus on body image raised questions about the role of social media’s impact in this area as well as traditional media including television and print sources.  The recent series of Love Island has also raised concerns due to their portrayal of a …

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Why you should exercise for your mental health

There is an increasing body of evidence to show there is a link between physical exercise and mental health.  In this context exercise can be defined as moderate activity that raises your heart rate, makes you breathe faster and makes you feel warmer.  In addition to assisting with weight control and stronger bones and muscles, there are a host of …

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Introducing Outcomes Star

Solent Youth Services are proud to be implementing Outcomes Star tools to enable us to better support and monitor the growth and development of our residents.  As an organisation, we provide care leavers with the skills they require to lead successful, independent lives.  The Young Persons Star allows us to continually assess the planned pathway to independent living of each …

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 – Healthy: Inside and Out

This week, between the 4th and 10th of February 2019 marks Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 and the focus is aimed at being healthy not only on the outside, but on the inside. This was first launched in 2015 to highlight the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now, in its fifth year running there is strong emphasis …

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Solent Youth Services celebrates commitment to real living wage

Solent Youth Services are pleased to announce we have accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working with us receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.00 in the UK or £10.55 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £7.83 per hour. Solent Youth …

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Autism Awareness Week

World Autism Awareness Week, pioneered by the National Autistic Society (NAS) aims to draw attention to the 700,000 people living in the UK with autism.

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