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From Fantasy to Reality – College learner leads debate on young people’s mental health
Pembrokeshire College learner, Mair Elliott, was recently invited to run a workshop at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Scientific Conference.
Held in Nottingham on 13th and 14th September, Access to Bioscience student, Mair Elliott was invited to the conference to run a workshop on ‘Young people’s participation in national and college policy work: from fantasy to reality’.
Mair, who is on the autistic spectrum and has suffered from mental health problems, is an active campaigner for better mental health provision for young people. Mair’s workshop focused on empowering children and young people to have meaningful involvement in their own care, removing the professional jargon that can further alienate and intimidate users of mental health services and allowing young people to feedback honestly about the support they are receiving.
During the two-day conference Mair also opposed the debate ‘This house believes that social media is good for young people’s mental health’ – a debate which she went on to win.
Following the conference Mair commented: “It was pretty intimidating being in the company of so many doctors and professors. I know what it is really like to have mental health problems though so they have to listen.”
Once she has completed her Access to Bioscience course Mair is planning on progressing to Cardiff University to study Neuroscience.