Schoolchildren praise Young Person’s Conference
Pupils from across West Cheshire met at the second annual Young Person’s Conference to talk about the issues that affect them.
More than 50 local young people presented at the event, where professionals working with young people learnt about online safety, peer pressure and mental health.
Seven local primary, special and secondary schools – as well as members of Cheshire West Youth Senate and Forum Housing – held talks at the conference at Cheshire Police HQ in Winsford.
CWP CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) service users also shared their experiences and raised awareness of the stigma surrounding mental health.
Ian Roberts, CWP Clinical Team Manager, said: “There are a whole range of things that can affect the health and wellbeing of young people today.
“It’s important that we raise awareness of these issues and reassure young people that there is support available should they need it.
“Today’s event has been fantastic because the children have taught each other about what matters most to them.
“Our service users have been able to share their own personal experiences and I hope that these young people will use what they’ve learnt today to challenge stigma around mental health.”
The successful event, which was organised by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Safeguarding Children in Education team and Cheshire Police Safer Schools and Young Persons Partnership, was praised by the local schoolchildren.
Elizabeth Lea, 11, from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Winsford said: “I’ve really enjoyed all the presentations from the different schools.
“I’ve learnt a lot because each team didn’t just talk about issues, they showed how they can affect young people.
“Everyone here today has given lots of reasons why we must raise awareness of these issues amongst young people.”
Hassen Rugiero, 9, from Dee Point Primary School in Blacon added: “Today has been good fun and very interesting.
“I didn’t know about the serious effects mental health issues can have on people so it’s very important that we get together to talk about these sorts of things.
“It’s also been good to hear that if you need support, there are people out there who are able to help you.”
CWP CAMHS supports the mental health and wellbeing of 0-19 year olds across Cheshire and Wirral. For more information visit www.mymind.org.uk
CWP CAMHS also supports the Government's Future in Mind campaign which aims to transform the way child and adolescent mental health services are delivered nationally.
Future in Mind is about tackling current problems to create a system that brings together the potential of the web, schools, social care, the NHS, the voluntary sector, parents and of course children and young people.
Photo: Dee Point Primary School students discuss the dangers of social media at the Young Person’s Conference