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MONDAY MINDSET: Beano comic strip to support children’s mental health

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Publication date: August 20, 2018 Author: Jenna Rachid and Alex Youngs

Beano comic strip to support children’s mental health

British comic magazine The Beano has teamed up with the charity YoungMinds to create a comic strip that addresses the mental wellbeing of young people.

According to The Independent, ‘Mandi and her Mobile’ addresses the pressures that can impact a child’s mental health, utilising the storyline of Mandi receiving her first phone. The launch will coincide with the magazines 80thanniversary.

The Chief Executive of Beano, Emma Scott, told the Times Educational Supplement: ‘We want to engage with young people and adults in their lives to give some messages around what digital could or couldn’t mean.

‘Combining Beano’s decades of experience in communicating with children and YoungMinds’ insight into child mental health gives an opportunity to bring a sense of humour and levity to subjects which can be very dark, or difficult.’

YoungMinds have shared their top tips for children who have received their first phone.

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Mental health fundraiser completes a loop of Yorkshire

A man from Harrogate has completed a loop of Yorkshire to raise money for a men’s mental health charity the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

According to the Yorkshire Post, after struggling with depression some years ago, Ben Davis ran 490 miles for the Running Yorkshire Project and raised £23,000 for CALM, a charity that aims to prevent male suicide.

Reflecting on his experience, Davis said: ‘Quitting was not an option.’ He added, ‘I had to finish, though there were times I didn’t think I could.’

Sir Gary Verity, the Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said ‘Ben is a credit to our great county and I wholeheartedly congratulate him for not only completing this heroic challenge, but for also raising a vast amount of money for a hugely worthwhile cause.’

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