HANNAH Vile, the new Young Person’s Health and Wellbeing Champion for Somerset, is urging young people from across Somerset to have their say.
Hannah, who says she is excited to be promoting the voice of local students, is heading up a new project aimed at improving outcomes for young people.
A spokesperson for Somerset County Council, who are running the project with Public Health England, said: “Hannah is creating a student voice task group who will meet regularly over the next eight months to explore young people’s experiences, thoughts and ideas.
“She will also work with schools to investigate the impact of the Health and Wellbeing Framework. In September she will report her findings and make recommendations to Public Health and schools to maximise outcomes for young people.
“Public Health and Somerset County Council are committed to the wellbeing of local students and are passionate about using student feedback to do so.
“Coronavirus is a cause of concern and anxiety for everyone, not least young people. So, it is now, more important than ever, that young people’s health and wellbeing continues to remain a priority.
“If you are attending a school or college in Somerset and would like to be involved, contact Hannah at HZVile@somerset.gov.uk
Hannah said: “Mental health issues among young people are becoming an increasing problem that cannot be ignored. While there are many plans and resources in place to help young people, many of these solutions can only be truly effective with the involvement of young people themselves.
“I believe a young person must be involved in all matters that affect them, including their health and wellbeing. This is why I’m really looking forward to working with schools, developing pupil participation and showing students that their voices matter.”
Councillor Clare Paul, Somerset County Council’s member responsible for health and wellbeing, remarked: “This is a truly great initiative, which is really needed to help shape and support the mental wellbeing of our young people, not only in the current pandemic but for the future too.”
“I hope many schools and pupils step forward to work with Hannah and help shape this vital work. What better way to know how to help young people best than by having a conversation and finding out what they feel would work.”