THURROCK’S Youth Cabinet and the Art Space group have won a prestigious national award for their work highlighting mental health issues among young people. Their video ‘Only Human’ won the Inspiring Project category at the ‘Youth on Board Awards’.
‘Youth on Board Awards’ – which are judged by young people – celebrate organisations and projects which support youth participation in innovative and exciting ways, and mark the fantastic achievements which can happen because young people are supported to get involved.
The video, which has viewed over 1000 times in just under two years, is currently being shown to students in secondary schools across Thurrock to raise awareness of mental health.
Cabinet Member for Education and Health, Cllr James Halden, said: “This video is an excellent example of how to raise awareness of important issues in a creative way. I want to congratulate all those involved in producing it.
“Not only is the video visually very engaging – but carries practical and useful information – like contact details for organisations who can help.
“It is particularly special that this award was judged by other young people – those who it seeks to engage with and help.
“I would encourage everyone – young and old – to take 10 minutes and watch it with your families.”
If you are concerned about your own mental health or a friend’s health, you can help to speak to a friend, member of your family or a teacher. You are not alone and there is lots of help available. Find out more by going to thurrock.gov.uk/young-health and following the ‘Mental health’ link.