Youth Council win national awards for mental health work

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Congratulations to Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) on coming first in the 2018 National Crimebeat Awards for their work on the MiLife mental health project.

A mix of past and present youth councillors collected the £1,000 prize from HRH Duchess of Gloucester on 18 April 2018. Current Youth Councillor Adam Freeman was joined by former Youth Councillors Matthew Tinker, Joseph Pascoe and Leonora Troshupa to give a short presentation and receive the award at the Royal National Hotel in London.

MiLife group with HRH Duchess of Gloucester

MiLife

MiLife is for 11–16 year olds to better understand and manage their own emotional wellbeing and mental health. It advises where they could go for more help and support when problems arise.

Luke Lowrie of project partners the Red Balloon Foundation also attended with Epping Forest District Council officers Gill Wallis, Gaby Gold and Di Gilson-Butler.

Find out more at the MiLife website.

Thrilled to win first prize

“We’re thrilled to win first prize!” said former Youth Councillor Matthew Tinker. “This award goes to all the youth councillors, past and present, who helped create the wonderful MiLife project. MiLife shows that you are not alone and there are people waiting to help you if you get in touch with them.”

Former Youth Councillor Joseph Pascoe explained more about the MiLife project: “MiLife was born following the 2015 Epping Forest Youth Conference where the young people who attended listed mental health as one of the top issues concerning them.”

“MiLife aims to give young people a greater understanding of what to do if they feel mentally ill but also how to help themselves keep a healthy and happy mind. I recommend all young people should have a look at our website at www.milife.org.uk.”

“The MiLife Roadshow visited secondary schools in the Epping Forest district and pupils watch a theatre piece acted out by the Red Balloon Foundation group. It shows pupils about positive mental health and helps them build resilience to give them the tools to support themselves in life.”

National Crimebeat awards

“The National Crimebeat awards are held on behalf of High Sheriffs to recognise innovative and successful crime prevention projects carried out by young people” said former Youth Councillor Leonora Troshupa. “MiLife was initially endorsed by previous Essex High Sheriff Simon Hall and it was the current Essex High Sheriff Brian Burrough who came with us to the ceremony.”

Youth Councillor Adam Freeman ended with: “We each received a Crimebeat Medal and Epping Forest Youth Council was given a certificate and £1,000 cheque. After the ceremony we were given a tour of London on an open top bus and a trip on the London Eye which proved to be a great end to a fantastic day.”