Chasing the Stigma joined forces with Liverpool’s Radio City Talk to broadcast a special “Lost Childhood” episode of the award winning mental health programme and podcast, Mental Health Monday, to highlight the shocking statistics of suicide amongst young people.
The show, which was broadcast live from Liverpool’s St Georges Hall on 4th February, was the 100th episode of the stations Mental Health Monday series, marked the beggining of Children’s Mental Health Week, with a public display of 226 children’s shoes on the iconic steps of St George’s Hall, to highlight the amount of young people lost to suicide in 2017.
Chasing the Stigma CEO Jake Mills joined presenter Mick Coyle for the duration of the show, as charities, policitians and people with lived experience discussed various issues to highlight some saddening facts and shine a spotlight on the difficulties young people are facing in 2019.
Mick Coyle said “We are so proud to reach a century of Mental Health
Mondays. We knew Liverpool was a city that was ahead of the curve when it came to tackling the stigma but by we’ve been overwhelmed by the support the city has shown. I am touched by the support of so many local organisations and that we are able to provide a platform to share their incredible work. We hope our live broadcast will shine a spotlight on
the issue of suicide in young people.”
Chasing the Stigma’s Jake Mills added “Chasing the Stigma’s, Jake Mills added “We have been working closely with Radio City Talk and Presenter Mick Coyle for a number of years, around the stations Mental Health Monday programme.
“Following last year’s award winning 24 hour live radio broadcast dedicated to Mental Health, we wanted to take that conversation out to the public. With the shows 100th episode falling at the beginning of childrens mental health week it made sense to address the devastating numbers of suicides in young people.
“The statistics are utterly heart breaking but for many people, they either aren’t aware of the numbers or the reality of the figures doesn’t hit home. Behind every statistic is a life needlessly and tragically lost. We wanted to get that across and so decided to use shoes as a visual representation of those lives.
“Working alongside other charities and organisations such as Papyrus and the Oscar Phillips Foundation we were able to create a campaign that not only raised awareness of the issue but importantly awareness of the help and support that is available.”
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