This was a fantastic opportunity to promote our newly released survey as part of our on-going project to improve accessibility to young people’s mental health services in Westminster.
We had been allocated a 10 minute slot in which we were given free licence to promote our survey how we wished. After collating our ideas together, it was agreed that an effective approach would be to emphasise the underlying importance of mental health (particularly in teenagers) backed up by key findings from our survey data so far, and through personal anecdotes told by various members of the team.
I am proud to say that as a group, our segment was warmly received – as could be said of Cate (radio host) and all the other participants’ reception towards us. On a personal note, it was touching to hear my story strike a chord with a number of other participants – most notably Stewart Permutt, who himself performed a reading of Old Father William by Lewis Carroll so eloquently.
In fact, there was an array of talent on display throughout the hour-long show. A particular mention, however, must go to Joy Girvin who wowed me with her dove painting where she offered step-by-step guidance on how to replicate her work. ( I encourage readers to watch Joy’s wonderful talent, and the entire show here)
Above all – and against the backdrop of Mental Health Awareness Week – the show reinforced to me the importance of self-care during these challenging times. Through expression – whether in poetry, art, or however else – this serves as one of the greatest remedies for the mind. I for one, though by no means ‘creative’ in a conventional sense, am eager to channel my passion for writing in the coming weeks and months. – What are you going to do? Let us know on Instagram.
Rupert, Young Healthwatch Westminster member
You can also help our work by taking and sharing our survey here. If you would like to reach out to us about joining the team, of if you represent an organisation and would like to collaborate with us on our mental health project, please email Alex on firstname.lastname@example.org