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York Youth Councillor Raises School Stress Issues

Mental Health 220513

7:17pm 22nd May 2013

A York Youth Council Member has taken the opportunity to talk to top decision makers about work he is involved in to improve young people’s mental health.

Ferdinand Holley was invited to a York meeting of the Leeds and York NHS Trust Partnership Council of Governors Mental Health Board by Labour Councillor Helen Douglas, who sits on the Board.

He was able to discuss the ‘Minding Minds’ School Award, an award devised and developed by the Youth Council to measure how well York secondary schools are responding to issues such as depression and stress in young people.

Ferdinand said:

“I was delighted to have the time to present to the Board an outline of the Minding Minds Award and to answer their questions about it.  Mental health is a very important issue for many young people which is why we came up with the idea of this award.  It gives the issue more exposure and hopefully ensures schools take it more seriously.  It is critical to children and young people’s ability to learn”.

Coun. Douglas said:

“Ferdinand is very articulate and passionate on this subject and it was good for the Board to be able to listen to a young person speaking on this issue.  There can be social stigma attached to mental health issues but the work of the Youth Council will help to remove that and encourage young people to talk about their problems.  It is a really excellent example of the difference the Youth Council is making, and could well become something that parents and carers look at when considering which schools they want to apply to for their child”.

The Minding Minds Award has three levels of bronze, silver and gold, each reflecting the level at which schools are performing on the issue of addressing pupils’ mental health problems.

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