Enabling Young People to Thrive with their Mental Health

I’m pleased to announce that Xplode Magazine is launching a project to change the conversation around mental health within young people.

Young Boltonian’s have designed a project with aims to improve public attitudes towards people with mental health problems, share mental health stories and reduce discrimination, all whilst giving young people the opportunity to develop their skills and employability prospects.

1 in 5 young adults have a diagnosable mental health disorder and with clear links to mental health being affected negatively due to lack of work experience and employment, Xplode’s young volunteers felt that something needed to be done to tackle the issue.

The project, running until November, will include:

  • Online toolkits, tips, and stories for young people to take steps to improve their mental health
  • A series of videos where young people share their stories and promote that it’s okay to talk about mental health

Saeed Atcha, CEO at Xplode Magazine said:

Far too many young lives are lost because of the stigma sorrounding mental health and we must do all we can to support young people to talk openly. Research from Heads Together shows that nearly half of young people have said that talking openly has helped them. It’s about these low level early interventions that can support emotional wellbeing.

The project is being funded by NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, working in partnership with Bolton CVS.

Whatever you’re going through, you can call the Samaritans for free at any time, from any phone.

Just dial: 116 123
They’re available to offer support 24/7 every single day of the year.