Adults who have had experience of mental health challenges when young

I think if we had adults who have had experience of mental health challenges at a young age, sharing their experiences with today's youth could be very successful. This could be done in a variety of ways, e.g. people with lived experience delivering personal testimonies focusing on their experiences when they were young. This could be rolled out within schools, youth clubs, social services etc. This also has the potential to normalize mental health for young people and help them understand that these challenges can affect anyone. Hopefully this would encourage young people to seek out support and help at an early stage. I believe this idea could also be effective on a 1-1 basis if adults with lived experience have the training and skills to do so. I believe speaking with someone who truly understands would be more encouraging and reassuring for young people. 

Why the contribution is important

My idea is important as I believe early intervention is crucial and would hope it would help prevent some youngsters from having to enter adult mental health services. This would not only save money but I believe so many adults become 'stuck' once they have entered services (at huge costs to the nhs). 

As stated above, I believe young people would be more open to discussions related to mental health if they know that someone really understands from real lived experience how it feels.

by Tessa on December 06, 2018 at 09:23PM

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