Launch of the Youth Mental Health Toolkit

“It’s OK to feel NOT OK.”

Launch of the Youth Mental Health Toolkit


We were all very proud of the Up and Coming Young Reporters team on the launch night of the Mental Health Toolkit at The Red House in Merthyr on Wednesday 25th October 2017. The toolkit includes a DVD and magazine.


The audience saw the premier of the toolkit DVD, which was a series of short films on mental health issues that young people face.


The magazine included articles on mental health, suggestions on how to maintain a good mental health and where to go if you are suffering from mental health issues. The big message is “It’s OK to feel NOT OK.”


This toolkit is available to be used throughout schools and youth services throughout Wales. All research, writing, artwork, acting, and music had been created by the young people for young people.


Tom Stupple, the co-ordinator of the Up and Coming project, explained how this has been a project many months in the making. One of the first things the young reporters had wanted to report on was youth mental health. The toolkit was brought together with the support of the Youth Mayor 2017 Lauren Davies, who had pledged to discuss and improve mental health in her year of office.


There were a range of special guests including Children’s Commissioner Sally Holland and Children’s Champion Councillor Chris Davies. Special thanks were given to the volunteers of the project, Georgetown Youth Club and the MTBYF team for their support during the project.



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