Health & Wellbeing

Several factors can influence an individual’s experiences of health and mental health.  These include environment, economy, living conditions, opportunity, relationships, employment, education and housing.


Mental health refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being and affects how we think, feel, and act.  It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. It is recognised as one of the contributing factors to violent crime.

As a result of our community event in April 2019, to address mental stress for young people, a recommendation was to create ‘safe zones’ where young people have neutral intermediaries in youth clubs and schools with staff who are approachable and available to talk to without any fear of repercussion. This also includes increasing the availability of councillors to support around mental health.

The VCPB strongly believe that there should be no stigmatisation or fear around talking about mental health. To support this, we will work to ensure the DfE continues to prioritise funding and training around emotional wellbeing and mental health education and support, beginning from the early years to help our children develop good mental health. 

We believe this vitally important as we recognise that poor mental health and wellbeing can have a huge impact on a young person’s value and self-worth, which can make them more susceptible to being drawn into gang cultures and violent behaviour.

What do we do?

We recognise as a result of violent crime, many young people and families are having to manage the debilitating physical and emotional health consequences. Coping with physical injury and mental trauma, requires services to be mindful and skilled to be able to support the individual and their wider family whilst also considering the impact on the community.

We wish to engage in open dialogue with organisations who are delivering services to young people, adults and the wider community with regards to emotional wellbeing and mental health. The VCPB, with its myriad of networks, will be able to signpost people to the quality care and support they require.

The VCPB are committed to supporting families through the complexities of accessing emotional wellbeing and mental health support. 

Getting Involved

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