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World Mental Health Day 2018: Young People and Mental Health – What’s Society got to do with it?

The theme of World Mental Health Day on 10 October is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.

The number of young people reporting a mental health problem has multiplied by six in 2 decades. 75% of mental heath  problems set in by age 24 and 50% by age 14.   We’d better do something about it.

We hear calls for more treatment. But if, as the World Health Organisation says, mental illness is socially produced, is medicine the answer, and is it what young people want?

Join us for short talks and conversation with expert young speakers and those with pioneering new approaches. This is a free event but you must register on Eventbrite as numbers are limited. Register HERE.

Speakers include:

– Nicky Forsythe, Psychotherapist and Founder of Talk for Health, who leads a pioneering group peer counselling approach that is as effective as therapy and more empowering. She is developing a version for schools.

– Nirobi Vassell and Brendan Lyons, Citz Storytellers from Cardboard Citizens, who created ‘No Box; No Labels’, a campaign that aims to tackle the labels, stigmas and stereotypes around young people, which include mental health, pronouns, and homelessness.

– Bea Herbert, Founder and Director of States of Mind CIC, a youth-led organisation that challenges the medicalisation of distress through co-produced projects.

– Nick Povey and Sally Zlotowitz, who will both give their views on the political landscape for young people’s mental health as experienced and active members of Psychologists for Social Change.

– Sally Zlotowitz, Clinical Director of MAC-UK, a mental health charity for excluded young people; taking what works in the clinic to the streets.

– Eve Mundy, Senior Development Worker of the Voice Collective, an innovative UK-wide, London-based project that supports children and young people who hear voices, see visions or have other sensory experiences or beliefs.

For more information email info@talkforhealth.co.uk or call/text ‘call me’ to 07826148461