laura@debating-mh.co.uk                                                                            Debating Mental Health 2018

YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEBATE DETENTION OF UNDER 18S UNDER THE MENTAL HEALTH ACT

 

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On 31st October young people with experience of mental ill-health will speak as panellists at a public debate on the use of the Mental Health Act on those under 18.

The debate, which is a special event hosted by Debating Mental Health, in association with Maudsley Debates will see young people debate the following: “This House Believes: That people below the age of 18 should never be detained under the Mental Health Act.”

The Maudsley Debates take place three times a year at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London. Topics generally focus on issues that have a direct impact on mental health services, service users and mental health professionals. This is the first event to feature a full panel of people with experience of mental health needs and also the first debate on a young people’s topic to be led by young people themselves.

It comes at a crucial time in children and young people’s mental health. A time where stories about young people’s mental health hit the headlines every week, where increasing numbers of young people are attending A&E to seek help for their mental health[i] and where young people are being treated on mental health inpatient units hundreds of miles from home[ii]. It has never been more important to support young people to take the lead in the discussion around their mental health and care and to empower them to work with policy makers to create change.

Naz, who has participated in previous activities with Debating Mental Health, including a London-wide debate for 60 young people at Facebook’s UKHQ and leading the ‘Children, young people and the now generation’ workstream at the recent Global Ministerial Summit on Mental Health said:

"Since joining Debating Mental Health in 2017, I've managed to step out of my comfort zone and push myself to achieve goals I used to think were impossible. Debating Mental Health has helped me break out of my shell and meet amazing people, its so important that us young people have a platform to express our views on mental health."

Rosie, who is an author, speaker and campaigner said:

“I am excited to be part of the Debating Mental Health team of young people participating in The Maudsley Debates. It is extremely important for young people to have a platform to discuss issues and policies that directly affect them, and for their voices and ideas to be heard.”

The event is free to attend, but visitors must register here.

‘Debating Mental Health’ is a new, UK-wide organisation that works to empower young people with self-defined mental health needs to speak out on the mental health topics that matter most to them through debate training and access to platforms on which to speak.

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If you would like to attend this event as a member of the press, please contact laura@debating-mh.co.uk she will also be able to arrange interviews with the young panellists after the debate.

For further information, please contact Laura@debating-mh.co.uk

   

www.debating-mh.co.uk

[1] https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/mental-health-young-people-a-and-e-department-of-health-and-social-care-figures-a8600596.html

[1] https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/what-it-is-like-being-treated-for-mental-health-miles-away-from-home_uk_5bc701bfe4b055bc947bcbbd

 

YOUNG PEOPLE TAKE THE LEAD AT FIRST-EVER GLOBAL MINISTERIAL MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT

Ten young British leaders in mental health attended the world’s first-ever Global Ministerial Summit on Mental Health in London last week and led the ‘Children, Young People and the Now Generation’ work stream.

The summit, co-hosted by the UK Government and the OECD, with support from the WHO (World Health Organisation) brought experts-by-experience together with political leaders, policy makers and civil society to share ideas and innovations in global mental health and to produce a global declaration on political leadership in mental health through six concurrent work streams.

The young leaders, brought together by the new organisation, ‘Debating Mental Health’, selected global ‘best practice’ case studies from across the children and young people’s mental health sector and showcased them to delegates through a series of interactive presentations. After this, they sat on a panel and responded to delegates’ questions on mental health systems and the change they want to see. Crucially, the young leaders were also tasked with facilitating discussion across the workstream to produce a series of consensus statements presented to global health ministers on 10th October, World Mental Health Day. The statements formed the basis for the ‘Declaration on Achieving Equality for Mental Health in the 21st Century’, which was released at the conclusion of the Summit. The ‘Children, Young People and the Now Generation’ workstream was unique across the Summit, as it was the only stream to be led by experts with lived experience of poor mental health. The expertise of the young leaders was really valued across the workstream and they demonstrated why it is time not only to listen to young people, but to empower them in leading real and meaningful change.

Young leader, Naz said, "I feel like I've been part of something really important that will bring about positive change in the mental health community that we so greatly need. It was so amazing to meet such inspirational people from around the world.

A few years ago I would never have pictured myself being part of such great opportunities like this but I'm proud of how far I've come and I hope together we can show that young people with mental illness deserve to be taken seriously and have better involvement in their care."

‘Debating Mental Health’ is a new, UK-wide organisation that works to empower young people with self-defined mental health needs to speak out on the mental health topics that matter most to them through debate training and access to platforms on which to speak.

 

For more information contact:

Laura Wallis, Director of Debating Mental Health: Laura@debating-mh.co.uk  www.debating-mh.co.uk  

The Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit ‘Declaration on Achieving Equality for Mental Health in the 21st Century’ is available here:

https://globalmhsummit.com/assets/uploads/resources/global-declaration-on-achieving-equality-for-mental-health-5bbdd2bd853bc.pdf