This week, Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has given up his column to Rebecca Moore, a member of the UK Youth Parliament representing North Tyneside.
Ten per cent – that is the proportion of young people who suffer from a mental health issue, 26 per cent is the percentage of young people in the UK who experience suicidal thoughts, and 70 per cent is the proportion of young people who suffer from mental health problems and don’t receive intervention at a sufficiently early age.
All young people deserve excellent quality mental health care and freedom from judgement and stigma.
The North Tyneside Young Person’s Health and Wellbeing group has been working for two years on a mental health education campaign, M!nd Your Head.
After presenting a report to the North Tyneside adult cabinet, schools and the youth select committee in parliament, we developed an education pack to teach young people about common mental health issues and how to support a friend experiencing them.
M!nd Your Head will be launched on Tuesday at the North Tyneside children and young people’s mental health strategy at the Langdale Centre.
We are so excited to finally share our work.
Education is key to breaking down walls between young people and the help they deserve, and we hope our campaign will contribute to a more accepting North Tyneside.