Meet our Youth Board:

Alyssa

Alyssa

Hi! I’m Alyssa and I’m currently studying law, psychology and philosophy as I’m hoping to go on to study law further at University. I decided to join the Winchester Youth Board because I wanted to be able to speak up and be an advocate for increased awareness within our younger community after having gone through mental health struggles myself. I am interested in spreading awareness about the effects that anxiety has on relationships and friendships and hopefully how we can actually prevent this from happening.

 

Bluebell

Bluebell

My name is Bluebell, and I am a year 13 at Peter Symonds College. The A Levels I take are psychology, biology and geography. My main hobbies outside of my subjects include reading fiction and baking. I am also completing an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) investigating the factors influencing ADHD development in young adolescents. Since writing my EPQ, neurodivergence has become an aspect of mental health that I am particularly interested in. I also write monthly articles for an environmental charity and typically focus on the topic of ‘eco-anxiety’. I love being in nature and I enjoy helping with conservation projects and outdoor learning and for a local primary school. I decided to join the youth board because I am passionate about advocating outdoor therapies as an environmental treatment for stress in children and young people.

 

Grace

Grace

My name is Grace and I am currently studying criminology with psychology at university. Outside of my studies I enjoy going on dog walks, reading in coffee shops and retail therapy. I jumped at this amazing opportunity to become a member of the youth board because I have always loved being an active member of the community and contributing to solving issues and positively impacting those around me. Mental health lies close to my heart due to personal experience and its detrimental effect on many of my peers. Yes, it’s started to be spoken about but it’s time to make an actual change. Let’s make our words count.

 

Hannah

Hannah

My name is Hannah. I am currently studying psychology, sociology and English language at Peter Symonds College. I hope to study psychology at university next year with the aim of becoming a psychotherapist in my future career. In my spare time I am an avid music listener and I believe that the right music has the ability to save people. I decided to join the youth board as I have a desire to help people and deface the stigma surrounding receiving support. The youth board provides a platform for me to have a voice for young people. My friends and family continuously inspire me as they are all facing their individual battles, whether that’s openly or privately, yet always find a way to keep on going and put a smile on my face. I hope to do the same for others in my time at the youth board and in my future career.

Harry

Harry

My name is Harry. I’m a third-year psychology student at the University of Winchester with a passion for youth mental health, hoping to complete a PhD and become a clinical psychologist in the future. I am also a scout leader in Winchester with both the 3rd and 2nd, the latter of which is an SEN group which is incredibly rewarding. I have decided to join the youth board because I know the services they provide would have made a huge difference to me and others when we were younger. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help Winchester Youth Counselling in any way I can, their work is incredibly important.

Thea

Thea

I am currently a student at the University of Winchester, studying for my psychology BSc as part of my career path to become a doctor in clinical psychology. My hobbies are squash, spending time outdoors and painting. I decided to join the youth board because I am passionate about mental health regarding anxiety and depressive disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias and helping people from all walks of life and as I progress through my studies and acquire new skills. I plan to use my knowledge, personal experience, and empathetic nature to contribute to Winchester Youth Counselling. I hope to support their work by offering ideas to promote security, comfort, and trust to people who have experienced mental health difficulties.

 

Zach

Zachariah

My name is Zachariah and I am a student at Peter Symonds studying psychology, sociology, and maths. I also play hockey for college and my local team, and I spend a lot of spare time reading about psychology as well as reading non-fiction books. I wanted to join the youth board because I think that young people’s mental health is so important, especially with all of the social and academic pressure that young people go through today. I am most passionate about common struggles with mental health such as anxiety and low self-esteem, as many people I know have experienced these. I hope to make a difference and raise awareness.