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Mental Health

For two years young people consulted through the Youth Commission’s Big Conversation have said that Mental Health is their biggest concern.

To tackle this the Youth Commission focused on two key areas – reducing the stigma that still surrounds mental health and ensuring young people know what support is available and how to access it.

Draw a line through Stigma

To encourage young people to get talking, and drawing about Mental Health, the Youth Commission ran a competition that asked anyone aged up to 25 years old to design a postcard that shows what mental health meant to them.

The Youth Commission, Hampshire CAMHS and the Police and Crime Commissioner judged the shortlisted entries and the winning postcards are:

In the 11-25 year old category postcard by Niamh Buckell Year 9 from Mountbatten School;

Link to winning postcard 11-25 category

and in the under 11 year old category postcard by Thea aged 9.

Link to winning postcard under-11 category

Postcards in this poster were shortlisted as finalists in the ‘Draw a line through stigma’ competition – congratulations to all our finalists!

Please download this poster and use it as a tool to raise awareness of mental health and promote conversation so that we can draw a line through the stigma of discussing our feelings.

Link to poster of shortlisted postcards


Support available for young people

Youth Commission members have worked with Hampshire CAMHS to produce posters that help young people know where to turn to access support.

The posters can be downloaded here:

Link to ''what's going on in your world?' poster  Link to 'don't keep things bottled up' poster

In addition an A-Z guide has been created with Hampshire CAMHS to help primary school pupils to look after their mental health and build resilience – look out for extracts on our Twitter and Facebook page

Link to A-Z mental health guide

Good mental health

Do you have a top tip for good mental health?  Download our template and let everyone know!

Link to blank 'my tip for good mental health' poster

Recommendations Conference

Find out what the Youth Commission members recommended at the 2018 Recommendations Conference.

Find support

You can find support across the policing area.

Partner Resource area

If you would like to support the Youth Commissions Mental Health campaign, we provide can access to resources.  If you need access to the resources, please enter your details in the Contact Form, select Youth Commission from the drop-down list, and specify that you are requesting access to the Mental Health resources.