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The Norfolk Youth Summit Concludes for 2022

23 May 2022

This year's Norfolk Youth Summit has brought together pupils from 7 schools across the county for discussions on some of the biggest topics for today's young people. This pupil-focused initiative featured talks from the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Jack Harris on youth voices, Dr Jeff Price and Dr Rachel Warren, contributors to the IPCC report on Climate Change and Norwich School's Amber Scott, Equality Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Our final session was an opportunity for pupils to meet in person and we were delighted to welcome Dick Moore and Alice Palmer from the Charlie Waller Trust for a discussion on Building Mentally Healthy Schools. 

Pupils from Norwich School and Ormiston Victory Academy (OVA) shared their thoughts and experiences of mental health issues in school and were impressive when showing their emotional intelligence. 

Milton Maxwell, L6 explains: "On Thursday I was at the Norfolk Youth Summit for Mental Health along with others from Norwich School and OVA, where we were part of a conversation with the Charlie Waller trust about youth mental health, especially in a school environment. It was great to have an open and honest conversation about mental health, especially Alice from Charlie Waller there to explain things from a more professional standpoint. The most useful part of the event was being able to learn more about mental health, and be able to ask questions related to our own experiences."

Dick and Alice were engaging and thought-provoking, often challenging some of the more traditional beliefs about mental health. Feedback from attendees was positive, with all reporting that the session had increased their knowledge of mental health and wellbeing issues. 

Plans are underway for the next Norfolk Youth Summit, pupils and schools interested in taking part are encouraged to email partnerships@norwich-school.org.uk to be involved.