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FAQs for young people

On this page, you can read some frequently asked questions about the Youth Voice Network.

We've tried to explain everything as clearly as possible, but if you have any further questions or would like to speak to one of the team then please email us on [email protected].

Click the headings below to find out more.

The Youth Voice Network is a way in which young people across England and Wales can voice their thoughts to help shape Mind and our work. Through the Youth Voice Network you can:

  • Get involved in blogging and vlogging on topics important to you
  • Participate in online polls and surveys to share your opinion
  • Have opportunities to shape Mind's work nationally
  • Be kept up to date on the Youth Voice Network via the e-newsletter
  • Gain access to a range of online training, such as mental health awareness and safeguarding
  • Attend regional information days where our team will be hosting drop in sessions for you get to know us and ask questions
  • Apply to volunteer at specific events, such as supporting Mind's partnership with the Scouts at fundays

When we say 'young people' we mean anyone aged between 11 and 24.

If you're going through a difficult time or you're worried about how you're feeling, we understand it can be really scary and upsetting. We're here to help you understand you're not alone, and to help you find the support you need. Click here to find out more on how to get help.

Yes you can. We really want to hear from young people with and without lived experience of mental health and we will ensure we have different ways that you can contribute to help to shape our work.

We understand if you find a particular topic or situation upsetting or overwhelming while volunteering with us. We will try our best to keep the events safe for you, but we will also provide you with a named person and their contact details for you to reach out to at any point if you want someone to talk to, as well as the contact details of any other services who could support you. You will not be expected to cope on your own.

There may be some opportunities that you get involved in, where what you have said will be shared publically. We will always let you know if the opportunity you have signed up to may result in what you have said being shared publically and gain your consent (and your parent(s)' or caregiver(s)' consent if you are under 18 years old) before we share anything.

We will only share what you have said with your parent(s) or caregiver(s) if we are worried about your safety and if we think what you have said could put yourself or others at serious risk of harm. The majority of opportunities you can get involved with can be anonymised however, there may be opportunities such as media interviews that will not be able to be anonymised.

If you are under 18 years old, we will need to ask the person who is responsible for your safety and care for consent. This is because they have a responsibility to know what you are doing and to ensure that you are safe whilst doing it. We want to make sure that they are happy with us talking to you about opportunities that you can get involved in.

We understand that sometimes it may not be possible to get your parent(s)' or caregiver(s)' consent. If you are 16 and over, we will talk to you about this and decide whether we will be able to communicate with you without parental consent. If you are between the age of 13-15 years old we will need to complete a 'competency assessment form' to decide whether we can continue to communicate with you. If you are 12 years old and under we will not be able to communicate with you without your parent(s)' or caregiver(s)' consent.

Unfortunately, you cannot bring just anyone to any of the events.

If you need someone to assist you to come to the event (i.e parent, caregiver or trusted adult) because you are unable to travel alone, you will need to let us know before you take part in any of the opportunities.

When you accept an opportunity to shape our work, we will have a conversation with you to see if you need to be accompanied by anyone. If you do, we will speak with the person to make sure that it is okay. This is to ensure that we know who will be coming and to make sure that we are able to try to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Unfortunately, we are not currently able to offer placements within the national organisation, which is based in London and Cardiff. However, it may be worth contacting your nearest Local Mind in case they are in a position to help. You can find information about our network of Local Minds and locate your nearest Local Mind here.

Although we are not able to offer work experience placements within the national organisation, we do have lots of upcoming opportunities for young people to get involved. These opportunities will provide a chance to gain experience and develop new skills, while also contributing to shaping our work. There will be opportunities available online, as well as in-person at specific events. If this is something that would interest you, you can find out more and sign up here.

Yes you can. Please email [email protected] if this is something that you would like to see.

We really value your contributions, but unfortunately as a charity we're unable to pay everyone for their opinions. Depending on the opportunity, we will pay reasonable expenses and offer a thank you in the way of a £20 voucher, but this will be made clear if it's the case.

This is no problem, you just need to let us know. Drop us a line with your name and new email address to [email protected] and we'll change it for you.

If you change your mind about being a part of the network, then that's okay. Just let us know by emailing us on [email protected]. Just know you're welcome back any time.

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