The Surrey Heath Youth Council recently ran their first Anti-Stigma Conference at Collingwood College.
The event aimed to educate and inform young people in Surrey Heath about the seriousness of mental health illnesses and how to help those struggling with them.
The conference was live-streamed to enable as many people as possible to benefit from it.
Clinical Director and Consultant Child Psychiatrist for CAMHS, Dr Phil Ferreira-Lay said, “This event has really increased awareness of the importance of all young people’s emotional and mental health. It stimulated conversations and attendees seemed inspired and helped. This is an excellent and important initiative that needs to be rolled out across all areas of Surrey.”
Assistant Principal at Collingwood College, Jamie Cleary said, “I cannot speak highly enough of the structure and content. It sensitively covered every area that needed to be covered. How people with mental health issues can act, be helped and help themselves.”
The Surrey Heath Youth Council has previously run two Anti-Bullying Training Days to train Anti-Bullying Ambassadors for schools in Surrey. The days aimed to reduce bullying through a peer-led scheme and give students the skills required to go back to their schools and develop Anti-Bullying initiatives.