Time to talk

16 February 2016

Today it’s #timetotalk day and a great time to volunteer your help if you’re youngish and you’re passionate about mental health issues. You may have even encountered some mental health issues yourself.

Remember the team of young people working with us last year who won the UpRisers’ social action award in Bedfordshire?

They called themselves Minds Alrite and have been going into local schools, some of them talking about their own mental health challenges and – like an older brother or sister – helping other younger people understand some of the problems they or their friends may be facing.

The team’s acclaimed report on its work is here:

Minds Alrite Final Report

Now, at the end of their first year together, Minds Alrite are looking to expand their services and train up new volunteers to take part in the campaign. If you’re of a similar age and you’d like to offer your support, we’ll pass on your name and email address. Drop a note to: peter.law@relatebedsandluton.org.uk.

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Meanwhile, early prevention in mental health is being highlighted today by the government’s Mental Health Taskforce which has published a report highlighting what 20,000 people think the priorities are for the country‚Äôs mental health. The report underlines the chance we have now to make a significant change within a generation.

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