SOFEA SESSIONS is a podcast focused on inspiring people through the sharing lived experience of mental health and wellbeing; aiming to re-shape the environment with innovative ideas and approaches. Delivered to you by SOFEA charity, SOFEA SESSIONS is a platform that empowers people to talk, to reduce stigma, help people relate to the episodes and feel less alone in their issues, in the hope that listeners and guest speakers can deepen the connections to themselves and their communities. read less
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Episode 7: Youth Violence, Crime and Identity - a Mental Health Crisis with Ryan Goodneough.
Episode 7: Youth Violence, Crime and Identity - a Mental Health Crisis with Ryan Goodneough.
Trigger warning - this podcast episode references the following themes: Youth violence, knife crime, racism, suicidal ideation, abuse, grooming and exploitation.  Ryan Goodenough is an advocate for young people and men’s mental health. Using lived experience mixed with professional experience Ryan works as a Senior Youth Worker at Didcot TRAIN and in 2022 founded HisMind, a mental health network for men. In this episode Ryan explains his perspectives on the link between youth violence, identity and mental health. Based on lived experience, Ryan also talks about how gaps in young people’s needs may increase the risk of exploitation and involvement in crime. Passionate about re-shaping negative and harmful assumptions about young people, Ryan talks about the impact of sensationalism, racism and the media, and finally the importance of listening to young people and working alongside them. ----more---- If you are concerned about a young person at risk of exploitation or involvement in criminal activity the following organisations may be able to offer support, guidance or intervention:  The Kingfisher Team (Oxford) - 01865 309196. Targeted Youth Support Service (Oxfordshire) NSPCC - Other organisations mentioned in the podcast: For more information or support contact  or visit the SOFEA website