Our Youth Panel

Meet the young people who help shape how we work and find out how to join the YoungMinds Youth Panel.

  • Lisa

    Lisa

    I joined the panel because… I wanted to be in touch with an organisation that had contacts in making real change in mental health services for those aged 13-25.

    My advice for other young people… Don’t underestimate the importance of your mental health. If you ignore wellbeing in school and education, it can have a significant impact later in life – it’s so important to talk to others about how you feel

  • Naomi

    Naomi

    I joined the panel because… I’m really passionate about young people’s mental health, having had experience of anxiety and panic attacks myself. I believe strongly in the power of youth voice within organisations and so wanted to be a part of that at a charity I’m really passionate about.

    My advice to other young people… Speak out. Whether that’s to one person or more, talking about things is really powerful and can make a huge difference.

  • Imogen

    Imogen

    I joined the panel because… being a youth panel member plays to my individual strengths and allows me to contribute to an important cause by simply being myself and offering my opinions.

    My advice to other young people… Go for it! Try to say yes as often as possible, because this strategy has opened up so many opportunities for me

  • Joshua

    Joshua

    I joined the panel because… I wanted to make a difference to young people’s mental health. I’ve been a strong supporter of YoungMinds for many years and when the opportunity arose to apply for the youth panel

    My advice to other young people… Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do something. Nothing is ever fixed, and with courage, determination and resolve, you can always make a quantifiable change

  • Jack

    Jack

    I am an #ActuallyAutistic activist keen to support good causes and create change. I joined the panel because...I want to help ensure that challenges and difficulties for young people can influence the charity’s own objectives.

    My advice to other young people would be...Have an open mind for others around you – sometimes listening alone can have the biggest difference.

  • Ben

    Ben

    I’ve volunteered with YoungMinds for four and a half years and that has led me to work as a Regional Coordinator for Time to Change’s young people team, and as a recovery worker in a mental health care home. I struggle mainly with social anxiety and dysthymia (long term depression) and look after my girlfriend who has a variety of mental health problems herself. Outside of this I spend a lot of time playing with my golden retriever puppy.

    My advice to other young people would be...Don’t let anything stop you enjoying your life.

  • Olivia

    Olivia

    I am a 22 year old Psychology student from Stirling in Scotland, I am a keen reader and love my family and friends. I joined the panel because... I think joining a charity which is making an actual impact is amazing. It’s time for young people’s services to improve and I want to help make that change.

    My advice to other young people would be...To reach out, to anyone you feel safe to talk to, absolutely anyone. A journey starts with one step – make the first one. Don’t lose sight of who you are, be the amazing strong individual that you are.

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