Most of us haven’t been taught how to process and make sense of uncomfortable feelings. As a result, when we or someone we love experience distress, we can feel helpless as to how best support them. I became an advocate for EquiEnergy Youth, because I was inspired by their want to reduce suffering amongst young people, but in particular by their approach – they call on adults within the community to engage and act, and therefore not only learn how to support others, but by osmosis, learn how to better support themselves. This is the type of approach that can stop intergenerational trauma in its tracts, as well as set a child up with a sense of emotional hygiene for the rest of their lives.
Dacre Danes is a huge advocate for improving mental health outcomes for young people and works tirelessly as an anti-bully campaigner, has written a book called Danyon and has a podcast called Bullrush that raise awareness and education on this and related topics. He generously donates his time to support our charity.
We asked Dacre why is youth mental health important to you?
”Because it controls everything you do, how you move, decisions, feelings”.
We are priviliged to have Kiara as a Youth Ambassador for EquiEnergy Youth. With a lived experience of mental health challenges, Kiara is well placed to comment on how important it is for adults to have the capacity to respond to young people when they are experiencing distress.