On Saturday 22 April the first My Mind: My Life – young people’s mental health festival took place at Tyneside Cinema’s Pop-Up Film School in Newcastle.
The event was organised by members of our Young Commissioners’ Project and was designed to create an environment where young people felt comfortable accessing information about mental health, while also having some fun. We all need to explore different ways to help the young people of the region get the information and support about mental health they need.
A chilled atmosphere was created through live music from Shannon Pearl and Adnan Prince, Gemma Card and Junior Le Dieu. Working in conjunction with the Young Commissioners, Shontal Theatre Company also developed a theatre piece which the young people attending watched, interacted with and reflected on.
Around the music and theatre we had people along from Streetwise, Children North East, the school nurses service and North East Counselling. A big thank you to all of them for their wonderful support on the day.
The post-event feedback from young people who came along, the counselling providers and the commissioners of mental health services who attended the festival has been extremely positive and we look forward to exploring how we might further develop this type of event.
If you would like to find out more about the Young Commissioners’ Project and their work to improve mental health services and support in Newcastle and Gateshead, please contact Steve Watson on (0191) 477 9966 or [email protected]youthfocusne.org.uk.