It was no surprise that this year’s World Mental Health Day awareness walk in Brighton’s gorgeous surroundings is focused on “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.”
The theme announced by the World Health Organisation. The YMCA’s Right Here project with their youth ambassadors were in attendance with groups from all different local organisations.
The sunny afternoon was a delight as we slowly walked from the Peace Statue towards the Brighton Unitarian Church.Whilst walking with our team of BHT Staff, Volunteers and Service users, I struck up a conversation with Scott and he told me about his own struggle and how he has coped in the past.
He had come from a broken home having spent most of his childhood in either children’s homes or temporary fosters care. Scott agreed that tackling mental health issues in teenagers is so important. He feels that care should not be cut off once you reach a certain age. (16-18) as it did for him.
Finding happiness with your surroundings, enjoying hobbies and positive reinforcement are key towards a happy life. Suffering with anxiety has been Scott’s biggest hurdle over the past 2-3 years and although medication helps him, he has found volunteering has given him the much needed confidence to get out and a chance to meet other like-minded people.
He has been a part of Brighton’s Choir With No Name for the past few months and looks forward to meeting every week.
I noticed a soft toy monkey with his head poking out of Scott’s rucksack,
“That’s my mascot and has been with me for 18 years, living in a suitcase just like University Challenge. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.”
Love it thank you Monkey and Scott.