Headliners (UK) and CoRAY are delighted to share the fourth and final CoRAY Voices Podcast which focuses on how young people can manage their social anxiety.

The podcast has been co-produced between Headliners (UK), the young people and the CoRAY project team. A group of young people from the North East examined the evidence informed recommendations for encouraging young people to seek help when they are struggling with their mental health.

The young people interview Dr Eleanor Leigh, a Clinical Research Fellow & Honorary Clinical Psychologist. Eleanor is a clinical psychologist and researcher at the University of Oxford.

Summary of the key recommendations for supporting young people who feel anxious in social situations:

 1. Notice what you think, feel and do in a social situation – it can take some time but is a useful step in helping you to manage your social anxiety

2. Get out of your own head in social situations, instead focus on what is going on around you right now

3. Discover how you really come across in social situations by testing out your fears rather than basing your views on how you feel inside

We are delighted to share Episode 4 in our Series of CoRAY Voices where Tori, Eve and Jenny interview Dr Eleanor Leigh, a clinical psychologist on how young people can deal with situation when they feel socially anxious.

Headliners (UK) is working with the Emerging Minds Network and a number of partners on the Co-RAY project to enable young people to develop resources to support young people’s mental health during COVID-19 (particularly 11 – 16 year olds). 

The CoRAY project team comprises the Emerging Minds Network working with the Triumph Network and supported by the wider UKRI funded Mental Health Networks along with our partners: The University of Reading, Swansea University, Young Minds, the Centre for Mental Health and the McPin Foundation, Headliners (UK) and Fully Focused Productions to support young people themselves to develop and share resources that will be helpful for other young people. We will also be helping to share existing evidence based resources.

The CoRay project partners are very grateful to the Medical Research Council and the Westminster Foundation for supporting this work.

If you need more information.

More information on sources of support (and other useful resources) can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/youth-mental-health/

For more information about seeking help where you are:

Scotland: http://www.healthscotland.scot/health-topics/mental-health-and-wellbeing/children-and-young-peoples-mental-health

Wales: https://collaborative.nhs.wales/networks/wales-mental-health-network/how-to-get-support/

Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/your-childs-mental-health