YC Hertfordshire championing young people’s health and wellbeing

01 March 2018

Young people from Hertfordshire who have been trained to disseminate key health messages to their peers have been spreading their messages even further.

Since the start of the year Youth Health Champions, who are trained by YC Hertfordshire on behalf of the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH), have delivered speeches at conferences, conducted radio interviews and supported campaigns to raise awareness of mental health in young people.

In February, Youth Health Champions Ben, Ben and Stan attended the recent Just Talk conference at the Fielder Centre in Hatfield to take part in panel discussions and reiterate the importance of talking about mental health. Earlier in the month, Youth Health Champions had taken part in a radio debate about young people’s mental health on the St Albans station Radio Verulam.

Just Talk was launched in Hertfordshire in January following research which showed that many young people, especially boys, feel unable to talk about their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

 

Two Youth Health Champions, Jenna and Lauren, also attended the London Brain Project’s conference on Anxiety, Social Media, Capitalism and spoke about the impact of austerity and how activism by mental health professionals is contributing to debates about mental health.

So far 129 young people in 9 schools in Hertfordshire have been trained as Youth Health Champions and are busy spreading messages around physical and emotional wellbeing among their peers.

Debi Roberts, from YC Hertfordshire , said: “The young people who volunteer to train as Youth Health Champions genuinely make such a difference to their communities, I couldn’t be more proud of them. Their commitment to their peers, combined with the broad range of skills and knowledge they have developed, means they become an invaluable community resource, able to support and cascade critical messages across the community.

“Youth Health Champions are being the change they want to see in the world and working with their schools have the potential to ensure those changes benefit everyone”

To find out more about the Youth Health Champions programme with YC Hertfordshire visit www.ychertfordshire.org