Jim Lawler writes:
We have all suffered greatly through this Pandemic. However, this pandemic has also taken an unprecedented mental health toll on young people including those who teach and care for them.
These mental health effects can include anxiety, depression, a change in eating habits, a deterioration in self-esteem or even self-harming.
It is imperative that we teach and coach our young people in how to better manage their own mental health and better equip them for life.
“We need to ensure that all schools in our borough have direct and immediate access to mental health services, both for pupils and teachers. We cannot afford lengthy wait times to tackle mental health issues.”
The lockdown decline in jobs for young people means that we also have to think differently about how we prepare the young for the new life challenges they now face.
This can be supported by establishing skill centres that will upskill both young people and those of a working age. These skill centres should give people the chance to learn new technology and green skills.
There is also a need to encourage businesses to invest in our young people through apprenticeships and work experience.
My pledges to improve mental health services are as follows:
- To create partnerships with schools by mental health organisations & charities
- To establish partnerships with local gyms & health related business to work as mental health to our schools
- To implement focus groups that discuss the service needs to improve mental health
- To develop a skill centre focussed on upskilling the young and those of working age in technologies & green technical skills
- To work with businesses to create employment opportunities for young people
Protect the young people of Tring from the fear of a lost future.
Labour is committed to helping every young person make a strong start to their working lives with quality training and employment opportunities helping them to develop the skills our economy needs.
Labour analysis shows that under the Conservatives apprenticeships have declined by a third since 2015, with a particular drop among young learners. The analysis comes as official figures show:
- Younger workers have been hit hardest by the pandemic, with 365,000 under-35s losing their job in the last year, accounting for 80% of all job losses during the pandemic
- Under 25s apprenticeships have declined 40% in five years, whilst among young learners from the poorest backgrounds this decline has fallen by 52%.