Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families to explore self or community approaches

This month, our friends at the Anna Freud Centre launched the first-ever #SelfcareSummer to encourage more young people to take part in activities to promote their mental health and wellbeing over August.

The initiative comes as the Centre publishes findings from a consultation with young people with depression and anxiety to identify the self-care approaches they have used to improve their wellbeing. The findings show that children and young people are actively engaging with a huge range of activities to help manage their own mental health and that there is a need for further research in this area.

The consultation – What works for me: the self-care approaches of children and young people – captured the views of young people and parents and carers about their experiences of 85 self-care approaches – and whether they would use these approaches again or recommend them to others. It also sought participants’ perspectives on why they chose certain self-care strategies, why these approaches were effective for them, and priorities for future research in this area.

Throughout #SelfcareSummer children, young people and parents and carers will be encouraged to try self-care strategies and share their experience on the Anna Freud Centre’s self-care webpages. The aim is to collate findings in order to build a better understanding of how self-care can help alleviate anxiety and depression. 

You can follow the hashtag #SelfcareSummer on any @afnccf social media channel for more information.