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Commissioner backs mental health campaign for young people
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, has lent his support to a mental health campaign for young people in Welwyn Hatfield.

The Unsaid campaign has been developed by the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council following concerns raised by young people about the lack of awareness of mental health issues.

The Commissioner met Georgia Creswell, chair of the Youth Council, Chloe Robertson, Youth & Sport Partnerships Officer for Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and Kelly Hockley, Youth Work Manager for the YMCA, to discuss the campaign during his latest district day in the borough on Monday 27th July.

The campaign’s aim is to help young people suffering from mental health issues. They have identified the need to educate young people about the subject in order to reduce the stigma around it and enable them to find support.

They also want to improve understanding and support offered by teachers and parents. As a result of the campaign so far, 16 teachers from local schools have been trained in mental health first aid, which was funded by the Welwyn Hatfield Community Safety Partnership.

Commissioner Lloyd is a strong supporter of improving mental health services and is one of 22 signatories on Hertfordshire’s Mental Health Concordat. The agreement includes an action plan with the aim of reducing the number of people that experience mental health crisis and improving outcomes for people who do.

The Commissioner said: “Given the level of contact that police have with people experiencing mental health crisis, I have taken great interest in this area. We are already improving how the police and other services respond to mentally ill people in crisis, however it is really good news that the Youth Council has also identified the problem and is doing something about it. The more engaged young people are with mental health, the more that can be done to shape public services around their needs.”

Chloe Robertson said: “It is fantastic that the Youth Council has the support of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire on this project. They’ve been working so hard to raise awareness of the mental health issues that affect so many young people. We’re really proud of what they’ve achieved so far and are sure this success will continue as the campaign gathers even more momentum.”

Georgia Creswell said: “The youth council is absolutely thrilled that the Unsaid campaign is gaining more and more support. To have Commissioner Lloyd’s backing means that the youth council feel as though they have really achieved something fantastic this academic year. We look forward to watching the campaign develop and want to thank all of those who have helped and supported us so far.”