Hi, my name is Katy-Jane and I’m the new Mental Health Youth Worker based at The Link.

Mental health doesn’t discriminate, it can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, sex or culture. We know that 1 in 5 young people say they have felt depressed, with over half of that group saying they were worried about their future.

I have always wanted to train in something I felt passionate about, and helping people who are suffering with mental health is something close to my heart.

I have an in-depth knowledge of different mental illnesses, which means I can help and advise people how to improve how they feel on a day to day basis as well as their general wellbeing.

My role at Young Gloucestershire involves creating more awareness around mental illness to help tackle the social stigma that can be attached to mental illness to encourage people to access support.

My aim is encourage young people to access support at the earliest possible point by helping them to recognise the signs and symptoms of poor mental health. I can provide self-help techniques, coping mechanisms and signposting to appropriate services within the community.

Through this project we also hope young people are more able to seek employment due to improved mental wellbeing and awareness through attending drop-in sessions at The Link.