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SPEAK UP: Festival hosted by Northwood resident returns to raise awareness of mental health

 Published on: 11th February 2023   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A mental health festival hosted by a Northwood resident returned to schools and colleges across the UK earlier this week.

Sallyann Keizer founded her production company, Sixth Sense Media, in 2000 and has previously worked on a number of mental health projects.

She hosted the Now and Beyond Festival, which has been running annually since 2021, on February 8 in a bid to improve young people’s access to mental health resources. Around 1,500 educational settings came together to take part in the festival.

The programme included a wide range of online workshops, downloadable lesson plans and a celebrity live stream, with appearances from TV presenter Emma Willis and rapper and mental health activist Shocka.

Louisa Rose, CEO of mental health charity Beyond and founder of the Now and Beyond Festival, said: “Children and young people’s mental health services are needed now more than ever. However, we are still fighting the harmful narrative that young people’s mental health is being medicalised when it should be considered a normal response to life.

“This narrative is incredibly dangerous as it will deter children from speaking up.

“While we are unable to directly increase the provision of services through Beyond, what we can do is share learnings, expertise and toolkits to empower teachers, parents, carers and young people to better understand mental health issues.”

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