YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH
The origins of my career
Youth Mental Health is so crucial to our whole society 'working well'. With 50% of adult mental health issues presenting before age 14, and 75% before the early 20's; we know it is a vitally important time to educate and support mental health. Yet, it continues to be underfunded and misunderstood...
My early career was all about adolescent mental health, and I remain so passionate about this topic. I still regularly give talks, training courses, and consultancy for projects focused on youth mental health.
I truly believe in extending our view of young people or adolescents to beyond the binary divide of adult/child when somebody reaches age 18. We need to think about the whole demographic from age 13-25, and the unique social, emotional, and hormonal changes for this group. Not to mention, the unique brain development that we now know is happening until age 25.
I have extensive experience working in adolescent mental health. From parliamentary work, to strategy, to consulting on innovation, to running projects directly with young people.
I will never stop in my fight to improve youth mental health through innovation, through education, and using technology.
We CAN do better, and I am determining to keep making change.
Rotary Community Champion Award
The Diana Award - Changemaker
Rotary Young Citizen of the Year
UWE Student Union - Special Recognition Award
Business Insider: 'Cambridge Students to Watch'
TEDx talk - "Why we need to re-brand adolescent mental health"
Key speaker at the first ever Cambridge Union debate on mental health
Researched & wrote Wise Up Report and launched in parliament
Keynote speaker for UNICEF Asia on youth mental health
Judge for international youth mental health innovation awards
Trained 200+ educators, social care professionals, teachers, nursery staff in youth mental health awareness
Ran multiple youth mental health organisations including Student Minds Cambridge
Successfully campaigned for a new multi-million pound youth NHS mental health unit with my family's charity The Invictus Trust
Led a university mental health strategy for 35,000 students
Ran wellbeing behaviour programmes for young people
Consulted on youth MH tech including virtual reality, apps, and online counselling
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