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Kelly encourages young people to get involved in the Elephant in the Room project

7 March, 2018 - by Catherine Kelly

Sinn Féin spokesperson for children and young people Catherine Kelly MLA has encouraged young people to get involved in the Elephant in the Room project and share their views on mental health for a new report.

The West Tyrone MLA said:

“I would encourage young people to get involved in this project if they feel it is appropriate. These discussions are extremely important in breaking down the stigma attached to mental health. Speaking out on these issues saves lives.

“Over a third of our young people aged 11- 16 years of age have concerns or worries about their mental health.

“I am also aware that many students struggle with pressures and challenges of depression, self-harm and suicide with 50 percent of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75 percent by age 24.

“More needs to be done to tackle the stigma or the elephant in the room which is mental health.

“Community adolescent’s mental health services (CAMHS) are under severe pressure from those seeking out statutory help.

“Adequate support and resources are needed for teachers, schools, parents and youth leaders as teaching resilience and promoting positive mental health is one of the true-life skills we should value.

 “I would also urge anyone young or old who is suffering from a mental health problem or feels like they are under pressure to speak out and seek professional help.” 

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