Last month the Surrey Heath Youth Council ran their first Anti-stigma Conference at Collingwood College.
The event aimed to educate and inform young people in Surrey Heath about the seriousness of mental health illnesses and how to help those struggling with them.
The event was streamed live and was deemed as a success by a number of attendees including representatives from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Surrey Family Service, charities; Eikon, Kooth, Barnados, Children and Young People’s Services, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation and representatives from Collingwood College, Gordons School and Kings International College.
Clinical Director and Consultant Child Psychiatrist for CAMHS, Dr Phil Ferreira-Lay said, “This event has really increased awareness of the importance of all young people’s emotional and mental health. It stimulated conversations and attendees seemed inspired and helped. This is an excellent and important initiative that needs to be rolled out across all areas of Surrey.”
Assistant Principal at Collingwood College, Jamie Cleary said, “I cannot speak highly enough of the structure and content. It sensitively covered every area that needed to be covered. How people with mental health issues can act, be helped and help themselves.”
The Surrey Heath Youth Council consists of dedicated individuals from various backgrounds and schools who are passionate about making Surrey Heath a better place for young people. They aim to provide a better way of life and provide a forum for young people (aged 11-18) in Surrey Heath to discuss what they would like to change.
For more information please visit: https://surreyheathyc.org.uk