Throughout 2018 Can Anyone Hear Me? delivered a series of successful summits held in London providing young adults with a voice, presented in collaboration with an Advisory Panel. Each event highlighted the mental health challenges faced by young adults today with a programme of speakers passionate about making a difference, led by the people affected – Young Champions.
Record levels of young people are struggling with their mental health. Academic pressure, social media, bullying, poverty, lack of availability to professional mental health support – all have been named as contributing factors to the epidemic. It is clear, that many young people are still not getting the support they need. Key figures in a young person’s life – parent’s, family members, teachers, tutors, carers, youth workers, medical professionals – can often spot when a young person is struggling but may not know how best to help. These Summits offered the opportunity to hear directly from our Young Voices, talk to various charities, schools, colleges and universities, to share best practise and to be part of the conversation.
Paul McGregor: Public Figure, Founder of MFM and Short Course Lecturer at University Arts of London
Paul 28, lives just outside London (Essex), married to Amy, dad of two, Liverpool FC supporter, Short Course Lecturer at London College of Fashion, soon to be published author, Mental Health Campaigner, Shaw Mind Ambassador, Writer for The Huffington Post, Digital Consultant, YouTuber, lover of Peroni (beer), avid reader, passionate to inspire others with my story. Paul lost his dad to suicide nine years ago and he hid how he felt and chose to bury the grief and pain, like most 18 year olds would and chased what he thought would make him happy. Since then he has been on a journey to become a better man and he is able to document and share his story for all to see.