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We need your help to make sure your stories about your mental health are listened to by decision makers, and the things that you would like to see changed are highlighted so they don’t happen again for other young people. To do this we need you to send us your video or written stories telling us about your mental health journey. What it was like for you, what helped and what you would have liked to seen change so it would have been better for you.

This is your chance to help us get your suggestions for change heard! Send us your videos or written submissions now, and we will publish them on these pages, share them on social media, and showcase them to decision makers who can make a difference.

Our Mental Health Stories #MTM

Our Mental Health Stories #MTM

Two young people have shared their mental health stories and CAMHS journeys with us. They asked a worker to read their stories on their behalf due to the destressing nature of the memories. Their stories reveal the difficulties many young people face with their mental health.  Thank you for sharing your stories.  'When I got a new counsellor, they would often be late and not apologise'  'I think the waiting times should decrease and have more or no limited sessions to have better communication between counsellor and client' 'We were turned away'  'I had to wait 2 - 3 weeks for a crisis team…

Young people of South Devon College

Young people of South Devon College

Minds that Matter went to visit South Devon College for their well-being event to talk to young people. They gave their thoughts and opinions to the question, 'What would you like to see changed about the way young people's mental health is dealt with?  Some suggestions included: More information available in schools, such as leaflets and sign posting to relevant services Don't force young people to go to services (it makes them feel uncomfortable) just make them aware of the help that is out there More training for teachers  More mental health funding  Team activities (getting people…

Devon Youth Service Film

Devon Youth Service Film

The young people from Devon Youth Service have been busy creating a film for the Minds That Matter Campaign to raise awareness of young people's mental health. The result is a powerful and captivating film that reveals the real struggles and issues young people face today. ‘I want awareness raised so no one will live a life in misery’ ‘I want awareness raised so they get the help I never had’ ‘I just want awareness raised’ Here is what they wanted to say: The views in this video reflect the average 15 year old. It was not done by young people who have necessarily been diagnosed with a mental…

Devon Youth Service

Devon Youth Service

Devon Youth Service have been working with young people to discuss what makes them feel better when they're feeling down. The discussions were made up of small groups of young people. The groups decided they would draw around each other and decorate around the outside with what makes them feel better.  It is important for us to consider mental health the same as our physical health. It's easy for us to discuss what makes up a good physical diet. So why do we not discuss good mental health in the same way? We should all enter into similar discussion about our mental health, and not neglect the…

Anonymous written submission

Anonymous written submission

I have struggled on and off with my mental health for years. But it took ages to get support and when I did get set up with a councillor they kept changing them so I didn’t feel I could connect with them. It was really hard to talk to my friends about how I was feeling and I felt very alone. It was really good when I started going to a group that worked with other young people who had also struggled with their mental health this made me feel less alone and I liked that I was helping other people. I would like to see shorter waiting times for people who need help and also more groups where you…

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