Scilly’s Youth Parliament Member To Campaign On Mental Health Issues

Scilly's Youth Parliament Members Zoe Jenkins (left) and Inca Reynolds

Scilly’s Youth Parliament Members Zoe Jenkins (left) and Inca Reynolds

Scilly’s Member of the Youth Parliament, Zoe Jenkins, is campaigning for younger islanders to be given more information about mental health.

15-year-old Zoe will highlight the issue in the school assembly, where she’ll update fellow pupils on her recent trip to the House of Commons.

MYP’s debated various issues affecting young people.

The Year 11 pupil says she can’t remember any discussion or lessons about mental health issues during her schooling and she feels the topic warrants further exploring.

Zoe says many locals have come into contact with friends or family members suffering from conditions such as depression, personality disorders, anorexia or bulimia.

She says these are often misunderstood and she feels strongly that young people need educating in how to deal with these illnesses and to support others.

Zoe says it was an amazing experience to be invited to debate issues concerning younger citizens and she felt very privileged to sit on the famous green benches in the Commons, normally reserved for MPs.

But it seems that not all parliamentarians are in touch with young people. Zoe says the speaker, John Bercow, told the youth politicians that some MPs were worried the MYPs would leave chewing gum in the chamber.



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