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The Future Isn’t As Scary As You Think!

Young people in particular are the most scared of the future, since they have their whole life ahead of them. There is uncertainty about their careers, starting their own family, climate change, and so much more. Everything seems to be so much more amplified.

Caerphilly Youth Forum 2022 Calendar

Caerphilly Youth Forum produced Wellbeing Calendars designed by their project group last year that were distributed to all comprehensive school pupils. They received excellent feedback from these so they have produced an updated version for 2022

What is Project Me?

Project me is an online space that offers you support for your everyday mental health and wellbeing. You can access the site whenever you need and work through the content at the speed you feel most comfortable. It’s a space for you to think about how you feel, read up on tips for looking after your wellbeing and get information on how to reach out for more help if needed.  

How to achieve your goals?

Earlier on this week, a young person talked about new year resolutions and how they relate to goals. Following on from this, another young person has talked about how to achieve those goals!

How to de-stress?

When people think of di-stressting many people think of meditation. However, there are many other ways that someone can di-stress. Here are some tips and tricks to help you di-stress!

The Power of Mindfulness: What You Practice Grows Stronger

How do we change? In this pioneering talk, Dr. Shauna Shapiro draws on modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom to demonstrate how mindfulness can help us make positive changes in our brains and our lives.

Peer Mentor Programme

We are now offering our Peer Mentoring Out of Work Service to 16 – 24 year olds in the Cwm Taf area. Over the last five years, our service has a strong track record of working with people who have faced challenges with their mental health or substance use. We have worked with people across RCT and Merthyr to overcome their challenges, improve their wellbeing, and secure employment and volunteering positions.

National Greif Week

This week (2nd-9th December) is National Grief Week. Grief is something that many people experience at different stages of their lives, whether it’s a loss of a loved one or grieving for a diagnosis. 

Boundaries and why they are important!

In this blog a young person talks about boundaries and why they are important!

Anti-bullying Week

This week is anti-bullying week (15th-19th November). Here is how to get involved!

Transgender Awareness Week

This week, it is transgender awareness week. We are looking back on last years transgender awareness weeks and days as well as looking into what we can do this year!

A Message to My Past Self

A young person has done an amazing piece of art work called 'A Message to My Past Self' which was inspired by the question proper often get, "What advice would you give your younger self."

Not Worrying about Relationships

A young person has written a blog about not worrying about relationships! - 'Relationships are an important part of life so it’s only natural that we seek out relationships with others from a young age...'

Tips and Tricks on Pet Bereavement!

Here are some tips and tricks for those who have lost their pets or about to lose them.

Academi Platfform Youth

For young people aged 16 – 24 based in Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen & Caerphilly Borough and not in work or education.

The Power of Positivity

Positivity is something that is often talked about within schools, at work, in friendship groups etc. It’s an important step towards personal growth and self care. It is something that everyone wants in their lives, in one way or another.

Film Review – Black Panther

Black Panther is a film that is important to the black, brown and ethnic community. It shows that there is change happening, especially in the film industry where there is not as much black, brown and ethnic representation.

Black History Month! Here are 10 anti-racism organisations to donate to!

Black History Month is an important month in the diary! Here are 10 anti-racism organisations in the UK you can donate to to support #BLM! However, the support we give should be all year round, not just one month so look at these organisations whenever possible.

Draw My Life Ep. 4 – Hair

Many months ago we collaborated with a young person who talked about her afro hair. As it is Black History Month, we have taken the opportunity to re-share her story!

Self Care Tools

Self care is something that many people look towards when they are in times of need as well as just in everyday life. Here are some self care tools that you can use to help you! 

World Cycle To School Week

This week (27th September - 1st October) is World Cycle to School Week!

Planner

Here is our planner to help you get organised whenever you need. Being organised is something we talk a lot about in our projects because it’s one of the elements that can help to live a healthier, more relaxed life.

Why not try planning out your week, so you know what to expect and feel prepared and ready for the week ahead? Sometimes, when we have lots going on, we can easily become overwhelmed and panicky about achieving all we want to achieve in a week. When you break down the hours in the day and schedule your week, this can lessen the anxiety and help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.
You can use the space below however you like, but we suggest making sure you put time in for self-care because this is something we all often forget about! Self-care can be anything from having a bath, going for a walk, listening to your favourite song, or setting aside a bit of time to just relax and watch some Netflix. Self-care is whatever you do to look after yourself and feel comfortable.

Moving House – How to handle the stress?

Moving house can be stressful so here are some tips and tricks to help you out!

Here are some tips on how can sport benefit your mental health?

How to get support and how it will benefit you at school?

Duke Of Edinburgh Tips and Tricks ⛺️

Planning on joining the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme. Here are some tips and tricks to help you through!

Coping with the End of Summer

Here are some tips on how to cope with the end of summer!

How to deal with some back to school nerves?

A young person has created some tips and tricks on how to deal with back to school nerves!

Grief after losing a sibling – Documentary

Patrick shares the story of his 19 year old sister's sudden and unexplained death. Throughout the documentary, it shows Patrick and his parents looking for answers for why their 19 year old daughter/sister never woke up.

TV Review – Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart is about a family who migrated to South Africa where they tackle a project where they renovate a game reserve for wild animals which includes a vet surgery and animal hospital.

COVID Update – What’s Happening Now?

COVID-19 Update as restrictions are easing

Our Stories – Football and Me (Jo Price)

We got the chance to ask Jo Price some questions about her experience with football.

Get Involved in our Art Group!

Platfform have decided to start a new online art group which will be a causal social, for anyone receiving support in Platfform to join! In this group, it will cover the State of Mind topics loosely, but it is not a State of Mind group; the art we do will just be themed around the 10 programmes topics.

International Youth Day 2021

The theme of International Youth Day 2021 is, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”.

How can sports help young people?

Sports and exercise can help people in many ways. It can just be walking for half an hour a week or going to the gym every morning. Remember to go at your speed, do what you enjoy and don’t allow other people to get you down when doing sports or exercising.

The Silent Battle – Mental Health and Addiction in Pro Sport

The Silent Battle Documentary follows the journey of Nile Wilson, a gymnastic star, mental health and addiction story.

Sexuality and Empowerment

Sexuality and Empowerment is a podcast with the host Alexis Haines and the guest Zara Barrie. In this podcast, they talk about the trauma that Zara Barrie went through at a young age and how that has affected her now. As well as, the importance of creativity and expressing who you are as a person.   

Book Review – Lost

Lost is about human trafficking where it’s Tom Moon’s mission to combat international crime. This trafficking takes place from Amsterdam to Miami where Moon worked with the Amsterdam task force. 

Amazing Facts About Plastic Pollution, Things We Can Do About It

This blog was created by SRMailings who are a sustainable company that is helping fright the cause of climate change with information about plastic pollution.

Having a sleep routine?

Sleep is something that everyone needs and getting into a good sleep routine will allow you to be in a much better mental health and well-being state. As well as being able to complete activities to a much better standard such as school.

TV Review – Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth is based around a child who is a hybrid. He’s a cross between a human and an animal who is making his way through a post-apocalyptic world to find his mum and others like him.

You Are Worthy Of Recovery

You Are Worthy Of Recovery is a podcast with Ruthie Lindsey that talks about near death experience, how physical pain turns into emotional pain, addiction to prescribed drugs, divorce and so much more. 

Book Review – Buried

Buried is about a couple, Jack Warr and Maggie, who have moved to London to begin a new life together. In London, Jack starts on this investigation as a DC that changes his life that leads him into the criminal world but in a way that no one expected. However, how far will he go to find himself?   

Becoming Creative for Pride Month

To celebrate Pride month some of our young people have creative some content surrounding gender and identity.

What is Cannabis?

This video explains what is Cannabis and the effects that it has?

What is NOS?

This video gives us information about the drug NOS, also known as Nitrous Oxide.

What is MDMA?

This video explains what is MDMA and the effects that is has?

What is Xanax?

This video will explain what is Xanax and the effects it has?