MiLife, an innovative mental health project developed by Epping Forest District Youth Council is touring local schools.
1 in 4 school age children experience mental health problems before the age of 18.
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Addressing mental health
Delivered by a local theatre group, the latest MiLife performance helped Year 7 and Year 8 students at the Ongar Academy think about their mental welfare and that of their friends.
Using electronic voting handsets, students were asked what they would do in a series of different scenarios. The results of their choices were then played out by the actors.
Bringing the subject out into the open
MiLife was the innovation of Epping Forest District Youth Council. It evolved from the annual district-wide youth conference and was produced with the support of Epping Forest District Council.
Epping Forest Youth Councillor Adam Freeman said: “There tends to be quite a bit of focus on adult mental health at the moment but people can forget your school years can be some of the most stressful. There could be many different reasons for poor mental health.”
“By bringing the subject out into the open and talking about it, we hope to give young people the knowledge and skills they need to look after themselves and each other.”
A marvellous programme
Leisure and Communities Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane supports the scheme. She said: “This is a fantastic initiative. The issues around mental health are often misunderstood or worse ignored. Perhaps we tend to dismiss it as part of growing up.”
“However, there are many reasons why a young person might not have good mental health and I congratulate our Youth Council for developing such a marvellous programme.”
MiLife is touring schools and colleges throughout the district.
Find out more
To find out more about MiLife please visit