Time for Answers poster

A Time for Answers

A panel event asking the important questions about Young People’s Mental Health

Stamp Out Stigma (SOS) is a group of young people age 13-24 who want to challenge misconceptions and the stigma surrounding Mental Health. SOS is facilitated by Beacon Counselling and its purpose is to improve the awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing, and to come up with strategies to help other young people.

The young people of SOS decided in 2018 to put an event on for all young people across Greater Manchester, that would give voice to key issues young people are facing on mental health and enable young people to speak to power and hold those in authority accountable.  The event is based on the format of the BBC’s Question Time and is called A Time for Answers.

On behalf of SOS, Beacon is working with the UCFB Etihad Campus to organise the conference.

It will take place on Thursday 16th May 2019, 9.30am to 12pm, at Peter Craven Suite, Belle Vue Speedway, Manchester, M12 4WB.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Early intervention and mental health funding
  • Education for pupils and teaching staff
  • Crisis support

The panel for the event includes:

  • Andy Burnham (GM Mayor)
  • Jon Rouse (CE of GM Health & Social Care Partnership)
  • Kirsty Hill, mental health professional working for Beacon Counselling
  • Jose Baxter, ex Everton player, currently playing for Oldham Athletic
  • Danny Sculthorpe, ex rugby league player
  • 3 young people with lived experience of mental health problems.

MP for Stockport, Ann Coffey, is chairing the event.

A representative cross-section of young people from across Greater Manchester will attend the event, making up the majority of the audience.  There are additional spaces for students from the UCFB Etihad Campus, and for adults accompanying the young people attending.

Young people are at the heart of the event, and in addition to 3 young people on the panel, the SOS group will be present, and there will be additional young people volunteering on the day.

After the event, there will be a range of media communications and a report will be published.  Beacon is working with the Greater Manchester Youth Network for messages from the event to be fed into the strategic levels of GM health and social care.