FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

Wellbeing Resources For Young People

Mission Statement

Our commitment to alleviate the mental health crisis & how we intend to help.

Wellbeing Advisors

Our youth & psychologist board members advising on how best to tackle the mental health crisis.

30 Day Mental Health Reset

Free 30 day challenge for young people to improve their mental health.

WHAT WE DO

We give young people the platform, resources & support to contribute ideas, initiatives & campaigns that promote youth wellbeing and aid in the fightback against deteriorating mental health.

MISSION STATEMENT

Draw attention to the mental health crisis unfolding amongst the youth

Eradicate the stigma attached to discussing mental health

Create and sustain a platform through which the youth can contribute to the discourse on mental health wellbeing

Provide resources to enhance the wellbeing and strengthen the mental health of the next generation

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DID YOU KNOW?

1 in 6 young people aged 16-24 has symptoms of a common mental disorder such as depression or an anxiety disorder.

(Student Minds)

MENTAL HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD OF STUDENT PSYCHOLOGISTS

Our group of student mental health advisors study psychology, have a passion for mental health and understand the problems facing students. Their insights are invaluable.

Maryam Matter

Hi, I’m Maryam, a research assistant on the eBRAIN study at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London (KCL). We are researching brain development and mental health among young people in London. I joined KCL as a part-time MSc Neuroscience student in 2018, which I completed in 2020. Prior to this, I completed a Pharmacology BSc (Hons) at the University of Hertfordshire in 2017 and have developed a love for everything neuroscience and mental health related.

I have always been interested in the human brain, its intricacies, and complications. My enthusiasm for mental health research and breaking down the stigma shrouding mental health stems from my personal experiences with mental health problems. Maintaining good mental health is one of the greatest challenges young people face today, with around 1 in 10 young people experiencing a mental health problem each year. Having the opportunity to contribute to such an impactful and important platform, which prioritises the voices of young people, like Nexgen Wellbeing is really exciting.

In my spare time, I am a volunteer befriender at Maytree, a residential respite centre for people who are feeling suicidal. I’m also an MSc Neuroscience BAME female mentor, providing mentees with personal and academic support throughout their journey on the course. Outside of work and academia, I love playing video games, mostly on the PC but I also have a Nintendo Switch! I love creative writing and have contributed a number of blogs as a member of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and the inSPIre the Mind editorial team. I hope that my blogs on the Nexgen Wellbeing platform can shed light on how crucial our mental health truly is, and why we should focus on early intervention and young people’s mental health.

Aryanne Brier

My name is Aryanne Brier, I'm currently a third year student studying psychology at Solent university. I recently started managing the Nexgenwellbeing accounts on instagram and Tik Tok to spread awareness about mental health and wellbeing, share tips on self-improvement and promote the 30 day mental health reset challenge. 

I have a passion for psychology, especially mental health and wellbeing. For as long as I can remember, I've been baffled about how something so common can be so taboo or even neglected in society. We all have mental health. Why don't we learn how to take care of it? I made it my personal mission to learn and share my knowledge about mental health and how important it is that we treat it like our physical health. Anyone that knows me, knows that I don't shy away from difficult conversations on the matter and that I advocate mental health awareness any chance I get. 

My ultimate goal is to improve the mental health system and to be able to live in a society where mental health is taken seriously and no longer brushed under the carpet. 

Nexgen has given me the opportunity to begin achieving my goals by allowing me to use their platform to spread the word about mental health and help improve people's wellbeing by sharing tips and reminders. 

My dream is big and I can't do it on my own but together we can make a difference. 

"One person can't do everything, but everyone can do one thing." - Dr Sylvia Earle

Oscar Hill

I'm a first-year Psychological and Behavioural Sciences student at the University of Cambridge who's passionate about supporting people through challenges in their mental health. When I was growing up, this was a huge part of my life as I remember both myself and many of my friends struggling with different mental health issues. However, the education and support that would have been so useful was often completely absent. I'm really excited to work on the student advisory board at Nexgen and share my experiences and insight so that we can change the stigma around mental health and start to make progress in an area that sorely needs it.

Eve Dore

After undertaking a BA in English Literature at Oxford University I am now studying a Psychology Conversion MSc with a hope to eventually train as a Clinical Psychologist.  I also work part time as an Assistant Psychologist and as a mentor for people with Autism.  Although talking about our own mental health is slowly becoming more acceptable, a lot of us have no idea where to start when it comes to actively protecting our emotional well-being. That's why I am excited to join Nexgen as a student mental health advisor to encourage other young people to not only speak out about any struggles they are going through, but also to contribute to a pool of resources that advise on how we can all look after our mental health. 

Zuleikha Sayani

I am a Psychology student at the University of Warwick. I am working towards pursuing a career in Clinical Psychology. My academic interests lie in childhood trauma, trauma therapy and personality disorders.

In addition to my commitment to my degree, I am self-publishing research articles on personality disorders and I am committed to raising awareness of mental health issues. I also volunteer as a counsellor for Shout UK, where I help individuals who are suffering from a mental health crisis, providing them with the means to feel safer and heard.

I have worked as a Private Tutor for the past few years which has enabled me to witness the pressures that teenagers are currently facing further inspiring me to work in the field of mental health. The mental health of children and teenagers is my main concern as an individual and as an aspiring Psychologist, and therefore my overarching aim is to bring more attention to the issues that concern them, and the solutions that Psychological research can offer.

Support & Socialise With Us!

USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR GOOD

We provide quick support and tips on various platforms.
Social media can be used for positive impact and improvements in wellbeing.

MEET OUR HEAD OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Andreea Tucan

'If you want to find tranquillity, balance and happiness, prioritise your mental health and wellbeing before anything else, and your life will change.'

Hi! I am Andreea and I joined Nexgen Wellbeing to help others find their own mental happiness.

I graduated with a BA in Advertising and Marketing Communications, after which I went straight into the world of work, pursuing my career dreams in the education industry as a marketing specialist.

The pandemic has reconnected me with my passion for understanding human behaviour, and I enrolled on an MSc Psychology Conversion degree. This desire came from my own personal struggles with mental health and wellbeing and seeing so many other young people struggling with their own. I worked really hard on myself to be able to keep a healthy mental state in times of crisis, and I would love to help others do it too.

I realised people do not speak enough of their mental struggles and this deeply affects them. We constantly try to engage in different activities that take our minds off things, but avoidance is not the solution to solving the mental health crisis.

Social media has been and still is one of the main driving factors of poor mental health. I strongly believe we need to use social media and the way we consume content to our own advantage, in order to be able to recharge with positive energy and self-love. 

I propose we make from social media and online content a safe space, where we build content selection mechanisms to protect our mental health and where we refrain from posting a happy lie. I am committed to spreading awareness about mental health and wellbeing online alongside the team at Nexgen Wellbeing. Join us, too!

MEET OUR EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Lizzie Wilmot

Hi there! My name is Lizzie and I'm currently a Masters student at University of St Andrews, studying Women, Writing and Gender. I'm here as Editor-in-Chief to help establish and coordinate Nexgen's online blog alongside the wonderful contributors. I care passionately about breaking down the barriers and stigmas associated with mental health, particularly within the student and young people community, and our online platform is a perfect way in which awareness can be spread. Going forward, I really hope that the blog is able to bring you all some kind of reassurance, guidance and a helping hand for those slightly darker days. 

MEET OUR HEAD OF OUTREACH

Kitkin Thorneycroft

Hello everyone! My name is Kitkin, I am in my final year of A-Levels studying History, Latin and English at St Mary's School Ascot. I would love to pursue a career in Law after studying History at university. Having been recently made Head Girl at my school, I am so aware of the struggles that young people face, especially during the current climate, with some people being isolated from their peers, friends, and families for so long. I am passionate that everyone, no matter of circumstance, should be able to have a voice when it comes to mental health and that is why I feel that it is so important for communication to be at the forefront of any initiative I am part of.  Working with the Nexgen Well-being team, I aim to remove the stigma attached to mental health and find new ways of helping and supporting those who are struggling through a non-judgemental platform of like-minded people.  

CONTACT KITKIN TO PARTNER OR COLLABORATE WITH US:
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UNIVERSITY WELLBEING BOARD

Our university students who are advising us on how to improve the wellbeing of students currently at university.

Hannah Boucher

Edinburgh University, Student

Hello! My name is Hannah and I'm a Linguistics student at the University of Edinburgh and I'm delighted to be part of Nexgen's Wellbeing Advisory Board. I am passionate about food, travel, Art and Photography and received a Merit in my Art foundation, prior to University. After devastatingly losing my best friend, I ran the Leeds Half Marathon for Epilepsy Research, which has become a charity close to my heart. Running has kept my mental health afloat during the pandemic, getting out of head and into my body. I pride myself in being incredibly honest and open, and believe vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness. I wholeheartedly agree with Nexgen's mission statement that there shouldn't be a stigma attached to mental health and I'm incredibly eager to support the fight against the mental health crisis as a team.

Shirley Mason

Oxford University

My name is Shirley and I am just finishing my first year of being a law student at the University of Oxford. I am so excited to be working with NexGen as their objectives and goals are exactly what society needs, now more than ever. Everybody's mental health is quintessential to their day-to-day wellbeing, as well as how we treat others, and so it is extremely important to create first-line resources for anyone to be able to access, which I am so grateful to be a part of. I have a passion for making mental health a less 'taboo' subject, as well as discussing the intersectionality that comes with mental heath problems, as help is more readily available or particular people than others. I look forward to everything we are going to achieve together on this journey towards better recognition for mental wellbeing, particularly with aiding university students.

Oliver Gibbs

University of Manchester, Student

Hi everyone! My name is Oliver and I am currently studying Business & Management and French at the University of Manchester. I have worked with charities in Switzerland and United Kingdom tackling and raising awareness for problems such as homelessness, refugee crisis’, and hunger in communities. Combatting such vast issues has left me with the desire and determination to tackle a problem that can affect us all, mental health. I am excited to join Nexgen as a member of their mental health advisory board as I truly believe collectively we can raise awareness for mental health and provide valuable resources that will vitally help people.

Daisy Peterson

King's College, Student

Hello everyone! My name is Daisy and I'm a Law student at King's College London. Outside of University, I am passionate about reading, food and dogs. I am really excited to be working with Nexgen and cannot wait to see what we accomplish. I hope to use this opportunity to raise greater awareness for the mental health issues that face us all every day. Having completed my first year of University almost completely online, I have learned how important it is to check up on yourself and your friends. Mental health is so challenging but I hope that together, the Nexgen Advisory Board will help many to realise that it's normal to not be okay and help those who need it.

Connie O'Neill

Edinburgh University, Student

Travelling has become a huge passion of mine after taking a gap year in 2016 (visiting SE Asia and Japan) and studying abroad for my third year of university at both Hong Kong and Melbourne university respectively. My travels inspired me to create a blog, giving tips and tricks of where to go and what to do and sharing some of my favourite memories.

I am hugely passionate about sport - either watching or playing – as well as keeping active. I played county hockey for Middlesex between 10-16 and also enjoyed captaining my school netball and hockey team. I also completed my Gold Duke of Edinburgh after trekking up Snowdon and around the Lake District. Since then, I have taken up running finishing the Leeds Half Marathon in 2019 and this year I am running the Edinburgh Half Marathon and aiming to beat my time. 

Madeleine Sautelle

Exeter University

My name is Madeleine Sautelle, I am a 2nd year Exeter University Student, studying Philosophy and Mandarin. Mental health has been one of the biggest challenges of my life and something I continue to struggle with everyday. I am very passionate about the cause and I want mental health to be something that we openly talk about as a society. It’s ok not to be ok!

SCHOOL WELLBEING BOARD

Our school students who are advising us on how to improve the wellbeing of students currently at school.

Grace Lunn

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Hello all! My name is Grace and I am an A-Level student currently studying RS, History and Economics. I aspire to pursue a career in law where helping people will be at the forefront of everything I do. In my leisure time, I like to play football, socialise with friends and avidly collect vinyl records as I am very passionate about music. I am so happy to be a part of Nexgen's mental health advisory board as it gives me the opportunity to be even more proactive towards destigmatizing discussions around mental health. Being in the school environment each day, I am hyper aware of students experiencing diminishing mental wellbeing through various stresses and anxieties, and this needs to be addressed and spoken about, not downplayed as a 'norm' or 'something students need to get on with'.  I aim to be a dynamic, driven and enthusiastic member in the Nexgen team, and have really high ambitions to stomp conventional norms around mental health, for the greater good of my generation.

Oscar Gibson

Eton College

Hi everyone! My name is Oscar and I am a year 12 student studying A-level Maths, Biology, Chemistry, and Theology. I am passionate about pursuing a career in medicine when I leave school as I have a desire to improve people's lives and love the idea of lifelong learning. I also enjoy philosophy and I am hence fascinated by neurology and neuropsychology. I am also passionate about improving people's mental health as mental health issues can often go unnoticed but are some of the biggest challenges that people face. As such I am a member of my school's 'Wellbeing Advisory Board’. It is my aim to raise awareness of the importance of mental health in my school and amongst my generation.

Farheen Khan

Morpeth School

I’m Farheen Khan, 17 from East London. I’m an enthusiastic individual who strongly believes in personal development. I want to inspire and advocate strong and empowering messages to help people realise their genuine worth. I have a huge passion for public speaking and journaling and I truly believe in our right to be expressive. As well as this, I aspire to become a lawyer one day as well as a motivational speaker, I want to raise awareness and create a social change. I’m also a current mentor for the metropolitan police as well as an ambassador of The Girls Network. Mental health is something I value with huge prosperity. Mental health is something so precious, it’s defined and characterised by our emotional and psychological well-being. Sometimes you have to experience the bad so that you can learn to appreciate the good in life. Don’t be in a world where you feel alone because
In order to elevate you must eliminate, you have the right to step back and take time for yourself and never feel guilty about caring for your mental health. Advocate mental health awareness, we all go through our rough days, realise your feelings and take action for support.

Jared Webb Plater

Wilson's School

Hi. My name is Jared & I am a 17 year old Sixth Form Student at Wilson’s School in Croydon. I believe that mental health is a super important, and often neglected, aspect of personal health for all ages but especially teens. I am super excited to be working with Nexgen to help my own generation learn how to deal with and manage their own mental health. I believe in openness about mental health and a commitment to make everyone feel valued and make sure nobody feels alone in any struggles they have with mental health.

Maya Tajuddin

Thomas Telford School

Hello everyone! My name is Maya and I am a second year A-Level student, currently studying English literature, Politics and History. I am eager to pursue a career in law as I would love to be involved in shaping the law to meet the needs of future generations in a changing world. I am particularly passionate about improving people’s lives through justice and helping those who have little support. Alongside this, I enjoy sports activities and public speaking. I am a current member of the Youth Person Forum which meets each week to discuss the issues on the minds of the youth in my area.
I am super excited to be a member of the Nexgen Well-Being school advisory board! I feel that especially during the pandemic, it is important to de stigmatise the discussion of mental health as it comes in all shapes and forms. It such a taboo subject that we should not be afraid to talk about. I want to help shape mental health strategy to provide support in eduction and teaching for not just our generation, but all generations. Thanks to my enrolment on the Nexgen board, I am glad to help use my platform to spread the word and connect people together on such an important issue as mental health. I am committed to making sure no one feels alone with their issues. We are all in this together!

Edward Hodson

Prince Henry's Grammar School

Hello everyone! My name is Eddie, and I am currently studying A-Level Law, History and Philosophy and Ethics in Leeds, West Yorkshire, aspiring to be a lawyer and help ensure justice in the UK. I plan on going to a Law University after my A-Levels, after travelling and earning work experience for a year beforehand. I am currently partaking in a Political Futures Programme, which aims to make students between 16-17 more politically aware and independent. I also participate in an Academic Pathways group in my Sixth Form which poses controversial debates and requires students to confidently and sufficiently participate in the conversation.

I am extremely passionate about mental health, especially in our generation who are recognisably in a difficult state whether it be due to COVID-19, School stress, or mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. I have had bad waves of anxiety and know many others who have too. I aim to encourage students to speak out about their mental health, know that they are not alone, and connect to others who may be in the same boat.

I aim to be motivated, confident and represent the best interests of students who are my age and have high ambitions of relieving the mental health crisis which our generation is facing. I am thankful to be enrolled on the Nexgen team, and I believe I am a great addition to this organisation.

Savannah Sands

The Abbey School

Hi, I'm Savannah and I am a sixth form student studying Philosophy, Psychology and English Literature. I am enthusiastic and an active listener. I enjoy a wide range of interests such as tennis and surfing! I can relate to people from all walks of life as I have friends of many different cultures and backgrounds as well as younger and older siblings. I have three brothers and a Cocker Spaniel named Tockley. I understand the pressure of the fast paced world we live in and have experience with helping people through my role as a pastoral prefect. My patient and non-judgemental outlook means people often come to me for support. I believe in making people feel confident about themselves and am passionate about helping others so I created a weekly bake-off to help people get through the stress of lockdown. I enjoy meeting new people as well as spending quality time with family and friends. I would love to share my views surrounding mental health as I feel it is so important that we all support and help each other to find the most effective ways to tackle the mental health crisis.

DID YOU KNOW?

Autumn 2020 saw 39 ambulances called to campuses for suspected suicide, suicide attempts and self-harm - more than half of the previous academic year’s total. That data covered just 13 universities, with most lacking any figures. As many as half of Britain’s universities hold no statistics on student suicides.


(Daily Telegraph)

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