First mental health course for young people takes place this month

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Wales’ first self-management course for young people with a serious mental illness will take place at the end of this month.

Run by the Mental Health Foundation, the course has been developed and will be delivered by people who have had a psychiatric diagnosis. The course is designed to help those with a long-term mental illness take control of their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

The programme was inspired by Lily Horley, 20, who spoke of the need for a course specifically aimed at younger people after attending one with people twice her age.

Lily, who lives in Cardiff, first started receiving treatment for depression when she was 18. She is currently taking mood stabilisers and anti-psychotic medicines although she has not had a formal diagnosis. Her health problems forced her to drop out of college and she became homeless. She learned about the adult courses while staying at a hostel.

“Nothing had helped until then and I decided to give it a go,” Lily told the Western Mail. “Everyone else on the course was much older than me. I remember asking at the end why there was nothing like this for younger people.

“I asked the boss of the course if I were to get 20 people of my age from Cardiff whether they’d put on a course.

“If people were able to get on a course not long after they were diagnosed, then they wouldn’t have a decade of going through hell.”

The first young people’s course, for people aged 18 to 30, will be held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on August 24 and 25. Subsequent courses will be held at the Ramada Jarvis in Wrexham on October 3 and 4 and in Aberystwyth at the end of October.

All courses are free to attend and travel costs are paid.

Anyone eligible and wishing to attend should contact Jane Wycherley on 01633 415 434 or email jwycherley@mhf.org.uk

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