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Student is helping improve mental health services for young people

A 19-year-old student who has overcome mental health difficulties is volunteering to try and help improve mental health services for young people across the country.

Dafydd Millns, who is studying a level three outdoor adventure course at Coleg Sir Gâr has been working with Children in Wales for the past two years.

With a personal insight into mental health issues, Dafydd wanted to try and make a difference to young people.

Dafydd Millns said: “We do a range of work with Children in Wales including focus groups, advocacy work surrounding children's rights, ministerial consultations and interviews, as well as developing training resources and frameworks for public services.

“Recently we've been developing a new framework for supporting young peoples' mental health and wellbeing within all aspects of the community, something I like to call a modern-day Maslow's hierarchy of needs.”

Children in Wales is the national umbrella body for organisations and individuals who work with children, young people and their families in Wales.

They work closely with Welsh Government and organisations in Wales to ensure that children's rights are at the forefront of policy and decision making.

Dafydd added: “Children in Wales is important to me as it gives me an opportunity to express my voice and opinion on numerous issues relevant to young people whilst ensuring the core of all decisions being made are co-produced.” 

 

Picture: Dafydd Millns on World Mental Health Day 2019 where Together for Children and Young People (T4CYP) hosted a conference to celebrate the release of an annual newsletter along with a Q&A with Health Minister Vaughan Gething, Education Minister Kirsty Williams and the three of the four UK Children's commissioners.