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Meet the team

MindMate Leeds is a collaboration between young people and professionals in the city, commissioned by NHS Leeds CCG and Future in Mind, Leeds. Contact us via email at mindmate@nhs.net Scroll down to read about the MindMate Ambassador team and what they do.


Rachael, MindMate Ambassador

I first got involved with MindMate as I have lived experience with mental health issues and also a passion for change. I want to help encourage young people to use their voice more often when it comes to mental health.

Gage, MindMate Ambassador

I’m an indie filmmaker from Leeds. I started working with MindMate because I know how tough it can be to talk about mental health, so want to help people find that voice.

Megan, MindMate Ambassador

Due to my own personal experience and struggle with mental illness, I have a great passion to do whatever I can to improve the situation for young people. I feel very proud and lucky to be a MindMate Ambassador. The opportunities I have received and the people I’ve met in this role have been inspiring, insightful and so meaningful.

Charlotte, MindMate Ambassador

I got involved with MindMate because I wanted to create change to how mental health is perceived in young people. I wanted to help give a voice to those that were too afraid to speak – so they know that not being okay is okay and to show that young people matter too.

Jack

Lack of communication and strong negative social stigma surrounding the idea of mental health has always been present in society. As a MindMate Ambassador, my aim is to tackle these stigmas and encourage young people that communication concerning issues they’ve been having (minor or major) should always be discussed as this will facilitate a stronger, better bonded society that functions like one big family; supporting one another!

Freyja, MindMate Ambassador

I’ve been involved with MindMate for over a year now and I work closely with the CCG Comms team on the MindMate social media campaigns. I have lived experience and friends around me who have been affected by mental health issues. I want it to be more widely understood and challenge phrases like ‘someone else has it worse‘.

Conor

I am MindMate’s media Ambassador! I want to  use my interest in film and photography to discourage shame about mental health and help spread the word about the resources that are available.

Melissa

Mental Health is often a controversial topic, but one of great importance and critical to the wellbeing of young people. Providing a safe space, support and encouragement to those suffering, giving a voice to those who feel like they do not have one and fighting against the stigma surrounding mental health are key aims of mine as a MindMate Ambassador.

Jane, Leeds CCG

My role is leading how we plan, develop and buy children’s, young people’s and maternity health services in the city. MindMate is a great resource because children, young people and parents continually shape its content.

Liz, Common Room

I help young people and families work with MindMate, enabling them to have a say about plans in the city, and about the support and information available. I manage the MindMate Ambassador team, support MindMate Volunteers and facilitate the MindMate Professional Approval panel to ensure information on this site is clinically safe and evidence based.

Jayne, Leeds CCG

My role is to develop the actions set out in our Future in Mind: Leeds Strategy to ensure we have the right resources that meet the needs of children and young people in Leeds. MindMate is a fantastic resource to support children, young people, their families and the professionals that work with them and we continuously work to improve both the website and support available across the city.

Lucy, Leeds CCG

I am passionate about improving and raising awareness of Mental Health support for Children and Young People of Leeds. I love working with the MindMate team to help develop and promote the website and services available.

Natasha, Leeds CCG

My role is to provide communications support to MindMate, this includes; raising awareness of MindMate internally (staff, professionals etc) as well as externally (members of the public in particular young people parents / carers), and working with MindMate Ambassadors to champion their voice around mental health.

About the MindMate Ambassador team

We are a small team of part time MindMate employees between 16 and 24 years here to represent young people and their views and help make MindMate relevant to young people.  We all have our own reasons for getting involved and love what we do because it relates to our own personal interests or plays into our strengths! Most of us have lived experience or know people who are closely affected by mental health issues and the support systems in Leeds. What we do We have one main goal which is to reduce stigma around mental health and create a more open conversation about how young people are actually feeling. We do all sorts of work in the city to help promote MindMate. You may have seen our Dougal bus (camper van)! He was part of MindMate in the City last year – a campaign which allowed us to attend events and meet loads of you guys, whether professional, parent or teen, to help spread the word about MindMate.

We’ve attended conferences, board meetings, visited schools and attended courses about mental health. We’ve also written blogs and helped design and write parts of the website. Watch our film to find out more about Leeds MindMate Ambassadors  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PzcB4Jo-NQ&t=13s

 


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