Youth podcast says 'it's time to talk' about mental health

A group of teenagers in Kent are using the 'power of the podcast' to breakdown the stigma of mental health Credit: ITV Meridian
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Interviewees: Princess Higgwe & Mason Rickard, Thrive podcast & Jacqueline Coupar, Youth Work Manage, The Grand

'It's time to talk' - that is the message of a campaign that begins on Thursday to help people with mental health issues.

Even the most serious cases, some of them suicidal, are waiting up to 18 months for counselling services in the South East.

A group of teenagers in Kent are using the 'power of the podcast' to help tackle the problem.

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Have you been affected by any of these issues? You can get help from one of the mental health charities below:

  • Rethink Mental Illness - a charity working to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life

  • Time to Change - a programme aiming to make lives better for everyone by ending mental health discrimination

  • Bipolar UK - a user led charity working to enable people affected by Bipolar disorder and manic depression to take control of their lives

  • SANE - a national out-of-hours telephone helpline offering emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems

  • Moodjuice - a site is designed to offer information, advice to those experiencing troublesome thoughts, feelings and actions

  • Mind - a mental health charity providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem

  • No Panic - a voluntary charity which helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders

  • Childline - a counselling service for children and young people

  • YoungMinds - an information service for parents or carers who may be concerned about the mental health or emotional well being of a child or young person