We’re only eight days away from the end of our crowdfunding campaign and also into the second day of Mental Health Awareness Week, which I think we can all agree is incredibly important. Mental health needs to be acknowledged and conversations definitely need to be had to create a better understanding in the midst of a mental health crisis.
This is why we are focusing on mental health this month at YPI, starting with our forum on May 16th. Mental health was actually the topic of choice for Rhianna, so I’m hoping that she will help me in leading out next week.
We’ll be asking about the understanding of mental health, why there seems to be a stigma around it and how we can break the stigma. There will also be some representatives who work in the young health and mental health sector present, which will add an element of expertise to the conversation.
So this is a call to all young people to come along next Tuesday and join the conversation on an important topic, while munching on some snacks in a relaxed environment. We’ll be at Project B from 6.30-8.30pm, so just let us know you’re coming by registering here: http://bit.ly/2pT3hqh
Mental health will also be the theme for this month’s Poetic Insight, which will be taking place on May 30th. There are slots open to perform, so if you are a young poet or spoken word artist wanting to speak your mind on mental health, email firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on 07910092565.
I think this is going to be a night of incredible, moving, powerful poetry, which none of you will want to miss. Save the date and come down to Project B, where doors will open at 7pm with performances starting at about 7.20pm and the event concluding at about 9pm. Register to get your free tickets now: http://bit.ly/2pT3hqh
Don’t forget to support our crowdfunding campaign in the final eight days so that YPI can continue to put on events like this and create necessary dialogue. You can share our campaign page and make a pledge here: http://bit.ly/empower-youth-voice
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