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View from Youth Council: Mental health problems are common

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 October 2017

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It is a common misconception that mental health problems are rare.

When, in reality.

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem.

1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem.

However, the most shocking situation is that nine out of 10 of those young people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.

It was Mental Health Day on Tuesday, October 10. A question we should be asking ourselves is, what are we doing to change this daunting figure?

Here at the Redbridge Youth Council (RYC), a lot is being done!

Members of the RYC have been distributing coloured wristbands at schools across Redbridge with slogans such as “Mental Health isn’t a #” and “Feelings have reasons” with the aim of increasing awareness for mental illness and to get people in school talking about the way they are feeling and that they are not alone.

The purpose of these activities is to help educate people on the importance and severity of mental health issues, ensuring that it is OK to talk about the issues. Through Mental Health Day the utmost efforts are being put in, not just in Redbridge, but worldwide to help #breakthestigma.

Want to take part in all this and make a difference? If you are aged 11-18 join the Redbridge Youth Council today by going on redbridge.gov.uk/youth council or email youth.council@redbridge.gov.uk and register your interest.


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