The challenges of the festive period for young people: in conversation with Nikki Mattocks, Time To Change Young Champion

In the latest of episode of the HeadStart podcast, I chat to Nikki Mattocks. Nikki is a Time To Change's Young Champion, and works alongside the Time To Change team to break down the stigma around mental health in schools, the community, and through the media.

β€œWe are Time to Change, the growing social movement changing how we all think and act about mental health. Still too many people are made to feel ashamed or isolated because they have a mental health problem but we’re here to change that.
— Time to Change

In our conversation, we discuss the pressures that the festive period can create for young people, what they can do to support themselves, and how parents and family members can support the young people in their lives to create the happiest Christmas period possible.

We hope you enjoy listening to the show, and huge thanks to Nikki for sharing her thoughts and insights with us!

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The festive season can be a very difficult time of year for many people, with the possibility of family conflict, social anxiety, and unrealistic expectations.

We've collated some supportive resources on our new HeadStart Support and Guidance platform