Ryan Wins Prestigious 'Diana Award' For Work In Mental Health

Year 12 student Ryan Brown, who has won awards for his work in mental health services for young people.

Year 12 student Ryan Brown is among a group of young people from the region who have been recognised for their hard work with North East Lincolnshire Youth Action, Youth Parliament, and Young Reporters' groups.

Ryan and his team-mates, who support UK Youth Parliament projects and offer advice, training and support to youngsters in the Grimsby area, won a haul of awards from national charity Young Advisors.

They picked up the 'Best Project With A Lasting Impact' national Young Advisor award for their work on mental health, which has seen the creation of a series of films and audience engagement, as well as piloting youth mental health first aid training for young people.

They won the 'Best Team' award to reflect the group's work over the last seven years, which has seen several successful projects and campaigns, including the holiday rider bus ticket introduction, the young reporters' project and the group's work on mental health in young people.

Educating Yorkshire's Musharaf Asghar also presented Ryan and six other young people with prestigious Princess Diana Awards for committing at least a year to work on a project that will improve the lives of others.

Councillor Kathryn Wheatley, Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People and Education, said: "These awards are testament to the brilliant young people that we have in North East Lincolnshire."

Ryan (16), who is studying Politics, Economics and History A Levels at Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College, said afterwards: "I am really proud of the work we are doing in mental health for young people. It is all about youth empowerment and making a difference in the lives of people my age. I am proud of these awards and hope to continue to keep mental health issues in the public eye."

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