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Juliette

Juliette

Joined: 2017

Why did you join as a Young Champion?

I’ve been a Young Champion for about a year, and one of the main motivators that made me decide to join was simply the ability to help others who may struggle to help themselves. I have grown up around people suffering from mental health issues and have heard their individual stories and knew their experiences of going through a struggle with mental health and the services provided.

Joining as a Young Champion was the perfect opportunity to make a difference to the wellbeing of children and their families and to meet others from various backgrounds with differing opinions to improve my own understanding into the world of mental health.

What has been the most meaningful activity you have participated in?

I don’t really have one specific activity in mind, as all of them have been amazing. If I had to choose a couple, it would be creating a video on outcomes in the mental health service, as from an ‘outsider perspective’. It was really interesting to see how my thoughts differed from others who may have had more experience.

My other choice would be helping to run a workshop titled ‘What is a Diagnosis?’ at the SOS Mental Health Conference in 2017. This gave me the opportunity to talk to other secondary school students and teachers about the negatives and positives of mental health, whilst also reducing the stigma around certain words and situations.

What would you say has been one key thing you have learnt, being a Young Champion?

That the term ‘mental health’ is not just one simple thing. There is a wide range of information and discovering past that term that is incredibly interesting and worth being aware of.

Any words of inspiration/wisdom you would like to share for future Young Champions?

You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.” – Patrick Ness.

To me, this emphasises the importance of active involvement in the things that are important to you.

Jummy

Jummy

Joined: 2017

Why did you join as a Young Champion? 

It would have to be my experiences of suffering from mental health issues, that drove me to become a Young Champion. When the opportunity was presented to me by my local participation I just couldn’t say no to the opportunity of using my experience & passion to make a difference in mental health on a regional level.

What has been the most meaningful activity you have participated in?

The London Debating Mental Health Competition

What would you say has been one key thing you have learnt, being a Young Champion?

More about mental health.

What are your future ambitions?

To be happy.

Can you tell us 1 fact about you that isn’t related to your work as a Champion?

I can’t roll my tongue.

Any words of inspiration/wisdom you would like to share for future Young Champions?

"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." - Karim Seddiki.

Kelsey

Kelsey

Joined: 2017

Why did you join as a Young Champion? 

Psychology has always been a big interest of mine. I also have a large experience surrounding mental health, and I feel my experiences (both positive and negative), would make an impact somewhere, to someone in some way. If I have helped and inspired at least one person I have done what I have set out to do in life.

What has been your favourite activity you have participated in?

I went to a big event in King’s Cross St Pancras in January 2018 for a launch event for Dean Stott. Dean cycled 14,000 miles with an aim to raise £1million for Heads Together – we were invited as we are a partnered charity! There were some amazing people there, it felt amazing being invited to such an exclusive event! It’s not often you are invited to a Lord and Lady’s home.

What would you say has been one key things you have learnt from being a Young Champion?

I have learnt so much confidence and key public speaking skills. My confidence has come on leaps and bounds and I cannot wait to see what the future holds! My critical thinking has developed and has been incredibly handy with my psychology degree.

What are your future ambitions?

My future ambition is to complete a PhD in Psychology or Sociology, or if all else fails I will become a high school teacher as I believe teen mental health is the making of our current and future society.

Can you give us a random fact about you?

I love Skydiving! I completed a 10,000ft Skydive and raised £1117 for a local charity, in memory of a friend who unfortunately lost her battle with mental health. I’m normally terrified of heights and could just about deal with being on the 7th floor at college! Oh and I am super chatty and talkative.

What advice would you give a young person considering being an Champion?

If you have been given the opportunity to do this – take it! It is so worth the effort, you feel welcomed, supported and you learn so many key developmental skills for future work too – in a fun way! Grab every opportunity with both hands and you certainly will feel the benefit, it is worth every moment. You get to meet incredible people, occasionally recognised by well known people, such as politicians! You will learn so much about yourself and get rewarded for all of your hard work!

Rachel

Rachel

Joined: 2018

Why did you join as a Young Champion?

They help out in so many different ways and sectors I thought it would be great to be a part of that.

What has been the your favourite activity you have participated in?

Being able to go to the youth panel and hear opinions, ideas and stories from so many different people.

What would you say has been one key things you have learnt, being a Young Champion?

There are so many variations within mental health and no two people will be exactly the same.

What are your future ambitions?

I'm hoping to become a midwife as I think this is a perfectly suited job for me!

Can you give us a random fact about you?

I laugh… All the time!

What advice would you give a young person considering being an Champion?

If you think you have a different perspective on mental health or are wanting to add your own ideas then becoming a young champion is a great place to do this.

Selena

Selena

Joined: 2018 (December)

Why did you join as a Young Champion at AFNCCF?

I was looking online for more ways to help and get involved with mental health in the UK. Mental health problems are prevalent in life no matter where you come from or your background and so charities like the AFNCCF are very important in ensuring those who need help are able to get it.

What are you most looking forward to doing as a Champion?

I am looking forward to getting involved in fundraising and raising awareness for the Centre. I am also looking forward to getting involved in the training opportunities and learning new skills.

What do you hope to achieve in your time as a Champion?

I hope to raise awareness for mental health and its importance to young people and adults. I also want to raise the awareness of the importance of resilience and also caring continuously for someone’s mental health.

What are your future ambitions? 

I want to study psychology at university and I hope to go on and perhaps study neuroscience or look at marketing and business psychology. I hope in the future to be happy and healthy and have healthy relationships with friends and family. I also hope to have confidence and a good relationship with myself which I think is difficult to have at any age but very important to work to achieve. 

Can you give us a random fact about you?

I do a lot of sport and training. Through this I have learnt how important activity is as a form of mental release and I think it is important for all people to have something they can do to take their mind off other parts of their lives.