How can we drive down youth violence? – Part 1

Shaniqua looks back on a deep conversation at The Kickback, focusing on youth violence. On June 18th, we sat down to talk about youth violence, a topic that continues to be an important at YPI, resulting in really big conversation. So big, in fact, that I've had to split the conversation into two parts. I … Continue reading How can we drive down youth violence? – Part 1

How can we look after our mental health?

Shaniqua looks back on this year's mental health focused conversation at The Kickback. With last week being Mental Health Awareness Week, mental health was the topic of conversation on May 21st.  This year, we were looking at depression, so we were joined by Richard from Mind in Croydon, who did an amazing job of getting … Continue reading How can we look after our mental health?

Mental Struggle

Following on from her Mental Health Awareness Week post and leading up to The Kickback and Poetic Insight, Shaniqua shares a poem about how it feels to struggle mentally. How can you find peace when the inner depths of you is a living hell? Your own mind determined to destroy you from inside out Send … Continue reading Mental Struggle

How I’m Battling with Myself Mentally

With it being Mental Health Awareness Week, our founder, Shaniqua, shares her experience of her mental health struggles and how they have continued to affect her. If you've followed the YPI blog and my journey over the years, you will know about my battle with self-harm and my mental battles with myself, which led to me … Continue reading How I’m Battling with Myself Mentally

Coming to Terms with Loving Yourself

In the lead up to The Kickback when we'll talking about Self-Love, Mhairi shares her experience and thoughts on the topic. “In fact, stare at yourself in a mirror daily. Each time compliment on something. Maybe today you like your hair or you don’t enjoy the shape of your lips, but that’s ok because tomorrow … Continue reading Coming to Terms with Loving Yourself

Why I Am Taking Time Out to Heal

If you read last week's blog post, you would have seen that the events taking place this month were going to be the last YPI events for a little while.  It's not that YPI is going anywhere or quickly disappearing - I am simply in need of a break.  An extended one. For the past … Continue reading Why I Am Taking Time Out to Heal

How I’ve Been Struggling with My Mental Health

With next week being Mental Health Awareness Week, this month's focus at YPI is Mental Health. Over the years, I have come to see how vital it is to take care of my mental health, after putting both my mental and emotional health last to focus on my education and career goals in particular.  Dropping … Continue reading How I’ve Been Struggling with My Mental Health