Age 18, East Midlands
It’s so important to reduce the stigma which surrounds mental illness in young people, particularly in schools and colleges. With the help of O2 Think Big, I started up my own mental health organisation for schools, Well Minds, after struggling with mental health problems myself.
The Well Minds Project has the vital aim of normalising mental health and making the subject more approachable for young people. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that we need to start mental health education early, as children and teenagers are becoming affected by these issues earlier and earlier. That’s why we start our interactive workshops in primary school, making sure that young people start talking about mental health in a way that is calm, judgement-free and safe. We also publish free, easy-to-access resources for young people, to educate them and encourage them to seek help early on if they are affected by mental health issues.
I’ve created a website for the project, and I’m preparing to deliver my project in local schools. It’s taken a lot of bravery to speak up about mental health, but I’m glad and proud I’m doing it to help other young people.