What’s happening?

I am doing mental health week in Stockport Academy (10th – 15th of October)  and I am making a video for the assemblies. I am looking for volunteers! Are you passionate about reaching children who struggle with mental health? So, do you have a personal mental health journey you could share? Can you stand in front of a camera and hold a sign? Are you around on the 29th of September in Manchester? If the answer to any of those questions is “yes” then I need your help!! You don’t need to be in a certain place, me and my camera will come to you to film a slot for the video, and it shouldn’t take more than half an hour out of your afternoon or evening. (We are not available in the morning) Please email me and let me know if you can get involved in the “Don’t keep it a Secret” project for mental health week.

I am particularly looking for men and young guys to help out, so if you know someone or think you could get involved, please let me know. Let’s remember that the highest suicide rate is among middle aged men. If we can inspire young men to feel open enough to share their troubles and talk about their mental health, then maybe we can change the culture of this nation. Gentlemen, I need your help to do this!! Get in touch.

Why do we need to help?

Because 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year. Because 50% of mental health problems are established by aged 14, and 75% are established by age 24. Because 70% of children and adolescents who experience a mental health disorder have not have appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
These sound like they are just statistics. They can be difficult to connect to and difficult to put into our context. But I am absolutely sure that we should try. I am absolutely sure that God’s heart yearns and breaks for the young people in our schools. I am also absolutely sure that it is our call as Christians to do something about, because I was one of that 70%, one of that 50%, and one of that 20% for every year that I was at secondary school, and whilst I couldn’t find support in my school I could find salvation in Jesus. I want young people today to find both.
This is the hope that we are delivering to young people this year for mental health week. We are going to tell them our stories, and reassure them that their struggles and fears don’t need to be hidden. That they don’t need to keep it a Secret anymore. That is why we have chosen the theme “Don’t keep it a Secret” for this year. Our mental health doesn’t need to be a secret. Christ is our deliverer, and his deliverance includes acceptance of ourselves, getting help for our problems, and bringing those who suffer with mental health into the community of God.

How else can I get involved?

If you’re not sure being in a video is the right thing for you, then there are other ways to get involved!

  • Do you have a youth group or a mid-week youth bible gathering? Maybe we can arrange a visit to your group on the week of the 10th of October to talk more about Jesus and mental health.
  • Do you pray? Please pray for us as we will be in schools that week. Please pray for the organisation before, the making of the video, our collaborations with other organisations, and any follow-up projects that come out of it.
  • Do you belong to a church that has students at Stockport Academy? If you do and you are a youth worker or church leader, then you might want to come into school with us on a lunch time to help us man the “faith space” we are creating. This space will be available for children and young people to come and chat all week.
  • Do you have a social media presence? Then please post about us on facebook ( and twitter (@CIST15) with the hashtag, #notasecret
  • Do you know someone who does have a story they might want to share? Put them in touch with me. A big part of what we are doing here is showing young people that they are not struggling alone.

And don’t forget to join us at Romiley Life Centre, at 10am on Saturday morning for our prayer meeting. I look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you all!