After school programmes boosting youth’s mental health

Good Hope FM Interview

The rise in reports of mental illness amongst young people is alarming. Over the last few years young people have been and are still dealing with grief, loss of family income, educational setbacks, and doubt regarding their future plans. They are experiencing, quite understandably increased anxiety, hopelessness and depression. ASPs play a significant role in a child or adolescent’s life during trying times. They provide consistent programming, interactions with reliable adults, opportunities to increase self-esteem and confidence, and connection with positive peer networks. All of which contribute to supporting the mental wellness of young people.

Listen to Programme Director, Zoe Mann, share the ways in which After School programmes support mental health in learners.

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