What is Flip The Script Friday?

Flip The Script Friday is a weekly event where we invite organisations/adults onto our website/social media to answer the questions that young people have for them.

Why is it a thing?

This is an opportunity for young people’s voices to be heard and to have their questions answered. But equally, it’s a chance to destigmatise the discussion of mental health, highlight the great work that organisations are doing and to make reaching out for support from them less intimidating.

This week…

We collaborated with  Platfform, They are a registered charity that has been working in mental health for over 30 years. Their mission is to be a platform for connection, transformation and social change and their vision is sustainable wellbeing for all.

Q&A Time!

We had so many questions sent in by young people to our Instagram @platfform4yp and here are some of the highlights!

Q: What do you think of the idea Flip The Script?

A: I love it!! It’s a brilliant opportunity to get to know the team on a more personal level and learn more about one other. - Tesni
A: Love it lets get the professionals in the hot seat :) - Siobhan

Q: How did you get to where you are today? What motivates you?

A: People helped and believed in me. I want to pay this forward. We should all have a good life and enjoy being healthy and well and follow our ambitions. But that’s not always equally available to everyone so I think it’s good to help. -Siobhan

Q: What do you think needs to change for people to receive better mental health support?

A: I think more needs to be done to engage with people of all ages. There’s still a stigma around mental health and that can only change by giving people a voice. Empowering people to make their own choices and what they want to achieve. -Mark

Q: What is the best piece of advice you could give a young person during lockdown?

A: Have a plan and some structure to your day, even if that’s just the basics of waking up, eating and sleeping at roughly the same time. Let yourself feel the emotions and reach out if things get to hard. -Siobhan

A: Why is co-production so important?

A: I believe in the ability of people to heal themselves, I don’t ever want to tell someone what they should do. Therapy should be collaborative and lead by the person I am supporting. -Mark

Q: What is your dream dog and why?

A: I LOVE Chow Chow’s. They are so fluffy and beautiful and cuddly- Tesni