From July to September 2018 we worked with seven young people aged 16-25 to research, plan and record Mental Health Untangled, a podcast about mental health, wellbeing and youth social action. The group learned essential podcast and audio production skills.
They explored how to get a diagnosis and access services, the language and labels we use when talking about mental health, self care and how to support others. They also investigated the policies and campaigns that are changing services for young people.
The group interviewed each other, as well as youth workers and representatives from the following organisations:
Youth Access: an advice and counselling organisation. We spoke to them about their Make Our Rights Reality Campaign. Learn more about Youth Access on their website by clicking here.
Young Minds: a charity for children and young people’s mental health. Learn more about Young Minds on their website by clicking here.
Student Minds: a UK based student mental health charity. Learn more about Student Minds on their website by clicking here.
Papyrus: a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Learn more about Papyrus on their website by clicking here.
Nightline: a confidential listening service for students, run by student volunteers. Learn more about Nightline on their website by clicking here.
NHS Youth Forum: NHS England has a youth forum made up of 25 young people from around the country who are passionate about improving health services for young people. Learn more about the Forum on its website by clicking here.
Mentally Chill: a safe space for University of the Arts London students dealing with mental health issues.
Man Talk: a podcast that aims to tackle men’s mental health and normalise the conversation. Learn more about Man Talk on its website by clicking here.
Hackney Quest has been working to support young people and families in Hackney since 1988. Learn more about Hackney Quest on their website by clicking here.
Dedicated Listeners: a listening service for students at Goldsmiths University. Learn more about Dedicated Listeners on its website by clicking here.
Photos (with image description) from the making of the podcast are below.