YoungMinds Nominated for Liberty Human Rights Award

YoungMinds are happy to announce that YoungMinds Vs has been shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Awards 2016.

Our YoungMinds Vs Online Pressures #LifeOnTheWeb campaign has been nominated for the Christine Jackson Young Person Award, a category that specifically highlights the work of young people. The nomination recognises all the hard work put in by all our young activists.

YoungMinds Vs is an online movement which aims to get young people talking about mental health, and put an end to the stigma attached to it. #LifeOnTheWeb is just one of the youth led campaigns from YoungMinds Vs. This campaign encourages young people to open up and share their stories and advice relating to the internet and online life. It included a cartoon competition about how #LifeOnTheWeb made young people feel, which was won by 15-year-old, Fiona Glazebrook.

Deserving of Recognition

Laurie Oliva, the Youth Engagement Manager from YoungMinds, said:

We are delighted that our young activists have been nominated in this year’s Liberty Human Rights Awards and that they have been recognised alongside so many human rights heroes. It goes some way to show just how important children’s mental health and wellbeing is and how it is a basic human right that all young people.”

A Safer Space for Young People

Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said of the nomination:

The sometimes murky world of the internet and social media can impact on anyone’s mental health. As we live more and more of our lives online, YoungMinds Vs has created a safe space where young people can express themselves and their concerns openly and honestly, and give themselves the tools to cope.

#LifeOnTheWeb unites people from all walks of life to share their experiences, offer advice and defeat negativity – a positive, creative, essential campaign.”

The award ceremony will take place on 26th October at London’s Royal Court Theatre.

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