Young people and mental health: share your experiences and help shape government policy

They want your recommendations for their peer support initiative

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The government are turning a corner when it comes to how they tackle young people's mental health. 

One of the ways they're doing this is by encouraging a 'peer support' initiativenitaitive that focuses on young people looking out for other young people. 

Whether it's anxiety or depression, or something else - one young person suffering from mental health problems is one too many. And while it's right for those people to have teachers and adults to turn to, sometimes it's other young people that are in the best position to help.

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And now the Department of Education want YOUR help. 

Following on from Children's Mental Health Week earlier this month, they're asking you to share your experiences of supporting friends with mental health issues.

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Whether you've helped a classmate feel better, or a friend has been there for you during a time you were struggling with your own thoughts – they want to hear from you.

What worked best? How did you or your friends know what do? Would training on how to recognise mental health issues and address them be helpful? How can schools and health services learn from young people to improve the help on offer? What would you recommend?

Your feedback is going to be discussed within a new advisory group before the best programmes and ideas are rolled out across thousands of schools nationwide - so you could actually be influencing government policy. 

This is your time to really make a difference, and shape how those with mental health issues are supported in the future. 

Use the box below to share your experiences and/or recommendations. There's no 'wrong' thing to say or write, anything you have to say - the government wants to hear it. 

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