We want all young people, no matter their background, to always be able to answer the question ‘are you ok’ honestly, and have the support they need to do so.
‘Together Encouraging Change’ is a Systems Change co-design project. Our ambition is to ensure that young people feel listened to and supported with their mental health outside of traditional education settings, particularly young men, BAME and LGBTQ+ young people, and those from deprived backgrounds. We hope this will lead to increased diversity and accessibility in our own volunteer cohort too.
Right now, we know that young men, BAME and LGBTQIA+ young people, and those who come from deprived backgrounds, are experiencing greater challenges to access mental health support.
At Newport Mind, we want to change this by ensuring that anywhere a young person from one of the above groups finds themselves engaging with trusted adults and volunteers, they can discuss mental health and feel listened to.