Talking about mental health

A day at the Children and Young People Liverpool Roadshow

Recorded live at the second Time to change children and young people Roadshow event, Liverpool, 08/02/16

On Monday 8 February, we hosted our second children and young people Roadshow event aimed at the voluntary sector, schools and others working with children and young people. At the event, Shadow Minister for Mental Health Luciana Berger MP spoke about her vision for tackling stigma and discrimination around mental health and a panel of speakers from local services discussed opportunities for joint working and how to set up networks in order to share learning.

We need to be more open about mental health

It’s Time to Talk Day and World Cancer Day today, which is doubly significant for me.

A few years ago, in my final year of uni, I was diagnosed with stage 1 testicular cancer. Treatment was relatively simple: I had the offending article removed, and a bout of chemo, all in all a short but highly unpleasant treatment before I was declared cancer free. But the effects on my mental health would last a lot longer. 

Let's talk about suicide

Suicide still carries an enormous stigma for not only those who survive suicide attempts but for the families of those who have taken their own life. My mother took her own life when I was five years old; she left behind a husband and two daughters. I remember my dad telling me that mummy had gone to sleep and that she hadn’t woken up. As I got older I couldn’t understand why no one spoke of her death or why friends and family rarely spoke of her.

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