Our Ynot Talk About It event on 30th March to get people talking about young people’s mental health was a huge success. Thank you to everyone involved in the day for sharing your views and helping us to shape future projects around this important issue.
It was an emotional day, filled with powerful messages. Sophie Thompson from Accrington Academy performed an amazing piece of contemporary dance to the track ‘Body Love’, looking at the potential harm we do to our emotional health and well-being through poor body image.
Owen Purcell, Lauren Taylor and Eddy O’Brien all shared their personal journeys and the battles that they have overcome through being involved in positive projects with Ynot Aspire, helping them to increase their self-confidence and follow their dreams.
Students from The Hollins shared their stories through their Beyond Labels project.
This is a show of performance poetry dealing with issues of male identity. Exploring issues from bullying and multiculturalism to football, family and Eurovision, the group have learned a new, creative form of self expression.
Key Note Speaker, Clarke Carlisle spoke very openly and honestly about his own battles with depression and the coping strategies he has put in place to help him deal with it. He said:
“There is so much more there to help people these days. We’ve got to normalise talking about these issues.
The more we can do together to raise awareness the better.”
Delegates described his speech as ‘inspirational and motivating’.
Alongside celebrating our success over the last 5 years of being a Lottery funded project, the main aim of the day was to consult with young people and service providers in the area about how provision should look for prevention and early intervention around young people’s mental health. We asked a number of questions on the day including:
- What would stop you from asking for help?
- What could we do to make it easier?
- What sort of projects would help with everyday stresses and worries?
Full feedback from the event will be going out to all delegates via a newsletter after the Easter Break.
Meanwhile you can see coverage from Lancashire Evening Telegraph here.