Mental Health Awareness Workshops

The role of poor mental health in youth disengagement and violence should not be underestimated. Through workshops, life coaching, mentorship, consultation, resources and other means, 2020 Rising works with teachers, parents, community leaders and young people themselves to help raise awareness of the many ways in which mental health and behaviour are interlinked.

Mental Health and Drugs

Drugs, including alcohol, and other substances have various short-term and long-term effects on mental health and often play a role in inciting or escalating violence. Young people may even intentionally take drugs to help them to carry out violent behaviours without fear or remorse.

Some drugs, like crack and alcohol, can make the user overconfident and fearless while others, like cannabis, spice and acid, can trigger paranoia and even psychosis. However, they also take a terrible toll on the mind and body and places the young person at risk of drug dependency, long-term mental health problems and abuse.

Through educating young people about these connections, 2020 Rising can help them to make better decisions to make them less vulnerable to drug-fuelled violence. We can also assist with planning drug interventions by ensuring mental health issues are taken into account.

Mental Health & Knives

When young people carry knives and other weapons, the risk of confrontation becoming deadly increases. So why do so many youths make the wrong decision?

One of the reasons is that being armed offers a false sense of security and even power to young people who may be suffering from low self-esteem and paranoia.

When we as a community understand this, we can ensure our anti-weapon initiatives are more effective. For example, we can help children and teens to become more confident in themselves and to learn skills of conflict resolution that don’t involve weapons.


To support our work in raising awareness we have produced a number of books.

Topics include Knife Crime, Gang Prevention, Mental Health & more.

Our publications are suitable for both parents & teachers.

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Mental Health & Excessive Gaming

A rarely talked about factor which can contribute to poor mental health is excessive gaming. Young people need a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to stay mentally healthy and time spent on consoles, tablets and smartphones should be limited.

Where games, such as Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed, are violent in nature, excessive exposure will reinforce violent thoughts and increase the likelihood of violent behaviour.

Gangs & Grooming Techniques

By exposing the underhand tactics and techniques of gang groomers – on the streets, in schools and online – we can start to reduce their power within the community. Gang elders know the buttons they need to press to attract new blood and they all involve taking advantage of poor mental health.

For example, gangs will offer solidarity and purpose to the lonely and aimless, an outlet for children with anger issues and a career path for those who feel trapped and unable to move on in life. For young people living in poverty and feeling ashamed and deprived, they will offer the trappings of wealth.

When youths understand they are being played and used as bait, they will be less likely to fall for the hook.

Teaching Positive Mental Health

There are many ways in which young people, especially those with a life coach or mentor to help them, can replace bad habits with new ones which promote positive mental health outcomes.

This includes becoming involved in sports and community activities, eating healthier food, getting enough sleep and avoiding drugs and alcohol. 2020 Rising can help to guide young people in this more positive direction.

Mental Health Support

2020 Rising does not provide counselling or therapy. However, its project workers are ideally positioned to signpost young people to the professional help they need.

To find out exactly how the 2020 Rising initiative can help you – as a teacher, parent, young person or community member – please contact the team today.