Georgia told us that in year 10 at high school, she had an awful attendance and was pretty much considered to not be in education. She wasn’t badly behaved, just too scared to go to school. She would have panic attacks and hide away, she self harmed, and she was reliant on her eating disorder to get her through the day.
Things began to change for Georgia when she was introduced to Kirklees Youth Council and asked to help redesign a CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) leaflet. Georgia says that because Michelle from the youth council team was patient and didn’t give up on her, she gradually gained some confidence. She made new friends and started looking forward to the new experiences on offer, such as an internship at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
10 years on, Georgia is a Nottingham City Councillor, with a lead on mental health issues. She says that participating in Kirklees Youth Council changed (and probably saved) her life.
Her message to current youth councillors is “It’s one of the best things you will ever do. I have no idea where you will end up, but everything you learn from Kirklees Youth Council will help get you there”.