More media from the HeadStart Ambassadors

Dan's image

Dan's image

As part of the interview process to become a HeadStart Ambassadors, applicants aged 16 to 25 were asked to create a piece of media - a poster, presentation, piece of artwork, or poetry - that communicates their vision of what mental health means to them. We've previously presented some digital art from HeadStart Ambassador Dan:

Here is some of the other work from other HeadStart Ambassadors

A poster:

Some graphic design:

A mindmap:

Two applicants wrote poems, including this very powerful piece from Megan:

I am a bright young girl.
What an interesting way to describe a person. Bright.

I shine a light on everyone around me they say. But what they don’t realise, is that My mind is pitch black.

Alone in my mind I stumble around my memories looking for the one that switched the light off.

Somewhere between learning to paint a picture and learning to paint my own face, a fuse blew.

You can’t pin point where it happened but coming of age is becoming darkness.

Children are born shining
No childhood begins in the dark. But too many end there.

We find ourselves searching every corner of our minds, re tracing our steps to find where we went wrong.

But that’s where we are wrong. We have done nothing. We don’t switch off our own light. It isnt our choice.

Puberty, school life, social status and superiority. All slowly dim the lights until we’re left, submerged, hands outstretched, reaching for a lightswitch.

We need to be torches. We can shine a light on the dimming minds. We can be the ones who light them back up because we have the power to do so.

Your torch may be family. Friends. Music. Medication. As long as you can find your way there is no shame in your source of light.

I lost all of my light. But i found my torches.
And I am a bright young girl.

... and this poem from Hannah, that we shared previously.

What HeadStart means to me is to be free,
An opportunity to be me,

What HeadStart means to me is to have a friend,
One that’s there until the end,
That will help to mend, help to tend,
Any problems you may feel,
One who is real.

What HeadStart means to me is somewhere that understands,
Who will lend a hand,
Who will develop your skills,
Create new thrills,
Allowing you to become someone you never thought you could be

What HeadStart means to me is community
They are always there to help, no matter what the problems may be.

What HeadStart means to me is positivity,
It is the key to giving youth the help it needs,
So please allow me to help this community,
So I can be a better me.

It's fantastic to be working alongside such talented young people as they support younger peers and the professionals of HeadStart.

Some of our HeadStart Ambassadors, meeting with the Mayor and Mayoress of Wolverhampton at HeadStart HQ.