Youth Advisory Board

AT THE HEART OF IT’S OK ARE THE VOICES OF YOUNG PEOPLE. ALL THAT WE DO IS DRIVEN BY THE NEEDS AND WANTS OF YOUNG PEOPLE with lived experience of mental illness.

Meet our youth advisory board

PIPPA

Pippa is a writer and researcher at King’s College London. Pippa is interested in LGBT+ mental health, and mental health provisions in Further and Higher Education. Pippa often writes on themes around mental health in both my fiction and non-fiction work.

HISHAM

Hisham is a student, anti-racism campaigner and radio show host confronting mental health stigma in Black/ QTIBPOC communities. He is interested in the impact of racism, discrimination and homophobia/ transphobia on young people’s mental health. He is a musician and is currently writing his first play.

JOSH

Joshua is a mental health campaigner who blogs about recovery, addiction, and his experiences as a young man with chronic mental illness. He is three years into a psychology degree, and enjoys expressing himself by playing guitar, getting tattoos, and dyeing his hair crazy colours.

JOEL

Joel is a marketer and as an international student in the UK for the past nine years, Joel knows that it is not easy to be away from home. Mental health is not discussed enough in many Asian cultures and has a negative label. Joel’s passion lies in supporting international students whilst eliminating the stigma around mental health.

CONNOR

Connor is a mental health advocate using his experience with an eating disorder to spread awareness. He has a key interest in eating disorders, male mental health, and mental health within sport. Connor also works as a boxing coach for and tries some yoga every now and again.

DIANA

Diana is medical student, mentor, and tutor helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds to build their confidence and improve mental health. She works at childline and speaks at national conferences about improving outcomes for looked after children. She would like to see an improvement in the CAMHS transition period, as there are many young people that fall between the gaps.

SARAH

Sarah is an advocate for a fair mental health service, particularly for ethnic minorities and youth in the LGBT+ community. Some of Sarah’s favourite ways to spend time are by cross-stitching, sewing, and playing with my cat!

LAUREN

Lauren is a student studying psychology and counselling and represents the mental health sector in her borough. She is a director of awareness events and a music video shown at events and is regularly working with BBC Radio and NHS directors.

OUR FIRST MEETING

At our first group meeting, our youth advisors met one another for the first time and discussed their passions.

Ideas about the direction that It’s OK will take were discussed, such as more awareness about severe and moderate mental health in higher education and support for family members.

We are incredibly happy to have this brilliant group of young people to help guide and build our charity.