By Birmingham YPAG,
Shout Out For Youth Mental Health
Mia, a member of the Network’s Young Persons’ Steering Group writes:
On Tuesday 7 June, five of us from the Group were lucky enough to attend the ‘Shout Out For Youth
Mental Health’ conference day in Birmingham.
There were many inspirational speakers that we heard from, who had come from many different
backgrounds. Our role within this day was to ask the visitors two things: a) what they believed were
the priorities within youth mental health, and b) their expectations of the day.
We gathered this information on post-it notes, which we then used to make a graph to show the main
priorities and main expectations, to use for our lock-down session. While we heard many speeches
and stories (even poems and dances!) throughout the event, it was our job at the end of the day to
hold this session in order to answer any questions the audience had, to ensure the audience themselves were also able to discuss things based on what they had seen throughout the day, or just allow general questions that had not been debated.
The lock-down session (pictured above) was a complete success, with the questions discussed in depth between ourselves, the young people, and the audience. Ella, Claire, Megan, Daniel and I (all pictured below) had such a great time being able to let the audience know the opinions of young people within mental health, and even we learnt so much from the day that we weren’t previously aware of. It was a privilege to be able to be involved in such an inspirational event!
You can also read the Blog from Claire Stevenson about her experience of the “Shout Out for Youth Mental Health,” event.
The West Midlands Young Person’s Steering Group also made a film with the Research Lead for the West Midlands, Forward Thinking Birmingham Clinical Lead for Research. The aim of this film is to raise awareness about the importance of Mental Health research.