'Unique vision' wins youth project prize
BRISTOL youth project Mentality has been presented with a Philip Lawrence Award.
Launched in December 2009, Mentality is a youth leadership project concerned with challenging negative attitudes surrounding the issue of mental health, raising awareness about mental health problems, providing support and advice for young people, and opening up a frank public discussion.
Aged 13-19, Mentality members are committed to filling the gap that exists in the mental health information available to young people.
Mentality project member Laura Brain said: "The Mentality project has a huge ambition to end the negative stigma of mental health among young people in Bristol. This in itself is a hard challenge, but if you add the fact that these young people have their own challenges in life and that many are studying for GCSEs and A-levels, then this goal is particularly difficult to achieve."
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Frances Lawrence attended the event when they got their award. She said: "Mentality has a unique vision and has taken tremendous steps to tackle the negative attitudes surrounding issues of mental health."
The awards celebrate the positive contribution groups of young people make in their communities to challenge negative stereotypes.
•Mentality is a youth leadership project run by Off the Record (Bristol), a mental health charity for young people aged between 11 and 25. Mentality is funded by Comic Relief.
Off the Record (Bristol) provides free specialist mental health support for young people 11-25 resident in Bristol and the surrounding area. This includes one-to-one counseling, group work, and bespoke targeted interventions with especially vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.
Off the Record (Bristol) opened its doors in November 1965 and has 47 years delivering mental health services to young people across Bristol. For more information on Off The Record, visit otrbristol.org.uk