Young People in Watford Youth Council launch a film to raise awareness of Mental Health

04 July 2016

Young people who form Watford Youth Council have spent the last eight months concentrating on issues connected with understanding mental health.

As well as listening to talks by MIND and Brief Therapy counsellors, they have taken part in activities to promote their own positive mental health, such as mindfulness and yoga, and spent time looking to challenge stigmas about mental health. 

In 2016 young people of Hertfordshire voted for mental health as one of their top 5 issues. It was also a top 5 priority in 2015 and forms a key part of the Herts1125 manifestos, through which young people campaign for change and improvements in the services they receive.

The culmination of this work by Watford Youth Council has been their production of a film raising awareness of mental health issues which they want to use to get the message across to other young people across the county.

The young people wrote the script, cast themselves as actors and directors, and then recorded and edited the film themselves – with help from a professional producer.  The film focuses on issues that can affect young people, leaving them feeling isolated, lonely and unhappy, before showing them the opportunities for support offered by Youth Connexions.

Members of the Youth Council now aim to share the film on social media and are planning a launch event to help raise awareness of mental health across the county.

Watch their film here:

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