Young People’s Laureate for London Theresa Lola is launching #MyMentalHealthJourney, a campaign to encourage young people to use poetry to share their experiences with mental health.

One in eight children has a diagnosable mental health condition and many more go through times when they struggle to cope. Poetry is often the thing we turn to when we need some comfort so Theresa wants to encourage all young people to use poetry, to share your mental health journey and discover that there are other people out there facing similar circumstances.

To take part, all you have to do is share an original poem, quote, or a piece of writing with the hashtag #MyMentalHealthJourney. To make sure it’s picked up, tag @stwevents on Twitter, or @spreadthewordwriters on Instagram.


To submit your poem and for advice on facing mental health issues go to Spread the Word website.