Army Cadets Healthy Minds

There is no health without Mental Health

The Army Cadets recognises that mental health is everyone’s business. The Healthy Minds project has been developed to break down barriers, reduce stigma and promote mental health awareness within the Army Cadets.

The Army Cadets does not discriminate against people with physical or mental health conditions. We are an inclusive organisation, that will do its best to work with you and your child to allow them to achieve the full cadet experience. We focus on building a Healthy Mind using our Cadet Syllabus to build confidence and resilience whilst allowing cadets to develop as young people.

It is important to stress our Cadet Force Volunteers are not trained mental health professionals, but we are here to support our cadets during their Cadet Force journey. If we recognise a person in distress, we will encourage, with your co-operation professional support, such as reaching out to appropriate civilian organisations, such as the ones listed below.

We formally launched our Healthy Minds campaign in September 2020 by introducing our Resilience in the Army Cadet online course, which is available for Cadets and Adult Volunteers through the Defence Learning Environment. This launch earnt the Army Cadets a Guinness World Records for the most online participants on a Mental Health Course in a 24-hour period.

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15 October 2020

To mark World Mental Health Day the Army Cadets have successfully set two new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles.

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We have also incorporated the 5 steps to well being into our core business. The Army Cadet Syllabus and wider cadet experience promote:

  • Connection with others
  • Keeping Active
  • Giving to others
  • Learning
  • Taking notice of the world around you

The Army Cadets have collaborated with the UK’s leading youth Mental Health charity, Young Minds and developed a Healthy Minds Awareness courses around Mental Health for young people. The team is in the process of developing a Healthy Minds Awareness course focusing on adult Mental Health.

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This leaflet should be made available in all detachment huts and weekend training centres.

If you need help with your Mental Health, please reach out to one of the specialist charities below

Young Minds – Provide advice and support for young people and parents experiencing a mental health problem.

Samaritans – Is available for anyone who is struggling to cope and needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

Papyrus - the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

Mind UK - Provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.