Make Your Mark on: Mental Health - vote online

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  1. 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder. That’s around three children in every class.
  2. Between 1 in every 12 and 1 in 15 children and young people deliberately self-harm.
  3. Nearly 80,000children and young people suffer from severe depression.

Problems with young people’s mental health have become an epidemic, so it’s no surprise that we see it featured on this year’s Make Your Mark ballot. Last year, the UK Youth Parliament gave over 470,000 young people a voice as they voted on what should be our national campaign and this year, we’re coming bigger and better.
Mental Health is just one of ten topics which form the Make Your Mark ballot this year as we ask young people: what’s important to you? Our job as a Youth Parliament is to represent young people and make sure the country’s youth have an active role in decision making – but to do that, we need everyone’s help!
Mental health is important to me because I see it every day; I see the struggles of students in my constituency which get dismissed as ‘teenage hormones’, the girls and guys battling with body issues, the bands which hide the physical and mental scars of self-harm. I see it all, and now we need to get the message out there.
A lot of work is being put into mental health by different organisations, but if we chose it to be our national campaign we can unite together for a common goal and tell every student who feels alone that someone cares.
We have a unique chance to do something brilliant, but before you tick that box, look at the other nine issues: they are all important and they all mean something.
The stage is set and we are ready: Youth of the United Kingdom, It’s time to Make Your Mark.

Vote in the Make Your Mark ballot here.

- Post by Ife Grillo, Member of the UK Youth Parliament for Hackney
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