Tuesday 10th October 2023
10th October – it’s World Mental Health Day, and we’re listening…
The 2023 theme set by the World Foundation of Mental Health is ‘Mental health is a universal human right’. It’s more important than ever that we make sure young people’s voices are heard.
At Youth Talk, our experienced counsellors have been supporting young people with mental health struggles for 26 years. We’ll be using this as an opportunity to highlight the importance of speaking up, getting help early and seeking support.
About the Campaign
The Mental Health Foundation Campaign has been running since 2012 and hopes to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world. Mental health problems can affect anyone, anywhere and are caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and social factors.
Mental illness can be managed with support from family members or friends as well as professional help from doctors or counsellors. At Youth Talk we focus on supporting those aged 13-25 by offering free, confidential psychotherapy counselling.
World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for everyone to talk about mental health openly and honestly. We must all work to break the stigma against people who have experienced problems with their mental health – no one should have to suffer in silence.
We are proud to be part of this campaign, and hope that it will help raise awareness of mental health issues around the world.
‘It’s so important that young people in St Albans know that Youth Talk and others are here to listen. As I visit schools and youth groups across our area, I’ve been listening to what young people have to say about their struggles with well-being and mental health and about how hard it can sometimes be to access services.
I’ve taken those frustrations and channeled them into my work, developing new Lib Dem policies calling for a mental health practitioner in every school and an open-access mental health hub in every community.’
Daisy Cooper Member of Parliament for St Albans. Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats. Health and Social Care Spokesperson.
Are you ready to get involved?
David Barker – Youth Talk CEO: At Youth Talk we use the World Mental Health Day opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of young people speaking out and seeking early intervention by accessing support. With the festive season fast approaching, many businesses are seeking opportunities to give back to the community and create positivity within their team. Our partnership opportunities are open to all and are mutually beneficial through sharing resources, networks and expertise.
These partnerships can take various bespoke forms, such as our Business Club, fundraising campaigns, employee engagement initiatives and can gain positive exposure in demonstrating commitment to supporting our next generation.