OVER 100 young people aged 11-25 from schools, colleges and youth projects across Carmarthenshire attended this year’s Youth Conference.

Entitled ‘It’s A Bad Day, Not A Bad Life’, the theme was the Mental Health of Young People.

Organised in partnership by Carmarthenshire Youth Council and Carmarthenshire County Council’s Participation and Children’s Rights Team, it was held in Parc y Scarlets.

During the event young people listened to speeches and took part in workshops and discussions around Mental Health with other young people, decision makers and professionals from the health and education sector.

This year’s annual Youth Conference was also the setting to launch a new mental health campaign set up by young people in Carmarthenshire.

Garnant teenager Harriet Alsop-Bingham launched ‘Stori Harriet’ on behalf of the Youth Council.

‘Stori Harriet’ encourages people to pledge to start a conversation.

Harriet, aged 16, has faced personal difficulties and has shown strength and courage in overcoming them.

The campaign was launched by Cllr Glynog Davies, Executive Board Member for Education who signed the first copy of Stori Harriet’s Pledge at the conference. He said: “I’m sure Harriet’s inspirational story has given encouragement and support to others. I would like to congratulate Harriet and the Youth Council for bringing attention to this important and difficult topic and congratulate all those involved in organising the conference,” he said.

“I hope that people will support and sign Harriet’s pledge.”

If you would like to sign the pledge visit www.youthsirgar.org.uk/storiharriet or to get involved in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter please remember to use #storiharriet

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