Andrew Mitchell MP has met with two young Suttonians at Involve, a charity that works to support public participation in decision making, ahead of the launch of a new youth-led charity on mental health and emotional wellbeing that result from a project for young people, some of whom reside in the Royal Town.
The meeting came ahead of the Autumn Budget where the Chancellor renewed the Government’s focus on youth mental health issues, announcing that every school and hospital casualty unit will have its own dedicated mental health team in a £2 billion funding boost to tackle the epidemic of eating disorders, depression and self-harm among young people.
The project, called MH:2K is being led by over 125 young people from five diverse areas of England, including two from the Royal Town, Anne Curran and Jasmine Cullum-Kenyon.
The pair have played a key role in running conversations with over 500 other young people in Sutton Coldfield to inform their recommendations, focusing primarily on bullying and emotional wellbeing.
Their proposal promotes mental health, developing young mentors in schools, running group sessions on mindfulness and yoga, and setting up school councils to open up dialogue between pupils and the Heads of schools.
Following the meeting, Andrew said:
“This is an excellent initiative which gives young people a voice in how to deal with the mental health issues that affects them. Approximately 10 per cent of 5 to 16 year olds have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem which is a serious concern. That is why I welcome the Chancellor’s announcement that every school and hospital casualty unit will have its own dedicated mental health team.”
Photo: Andrew Mitchell MP, Sarah Allan (Head of Engagement at Involve) as well as Anne Curran and Jasmine Cullum-Kenyon.