Tech4Good run events in Liverpool. These events are aimed to focus on how technology and change can improve people’s lives. Some of the Neuro Champions attended the event on 8th February, which was about how technology and change can be used to improve the well-being of young people who suffer with mental health issues.

So, what happened? 

Collin Dolan introduced the event. Collin is the ambassador for mental health football. He shared parts of his life. This included him explaining to the audience how football helped him with his mental health.

Luciana Berger, MP for Wavertree Liverpool, explained that there is an imbalance between physical and mental health within the health care system. This means that physical health is treated differently to mental health issues. She stressed how it’s time to change this.

Dr Simon Lewis who is a psychologist and works for CAMHS (Child and Adolescence Mental Health Services) presented next. He was talking about how, within his work, there are too many cases and not enough staff to manage these and see the young people quickly.

Naomi Mwasambili, Project lead of Neuro Champions, clearly pointed out that it’s the young people that should be asked about how technology could help improve mental health issues. She let some of the young leaders from the programme speak. One of them being, Rona, who spoke about how she has helped friends when they have been having panic attacks. The other being, me. I spoke about going on a digital detox, which I have previously written a blog on. (Click here to read it ).

I don’t know about you, but public speaking isn’t my strongest point and I’ve never really done it before. But I was asked if I would speak at the event and I was up for the challenge. I felt really anxious about talking in front of people I didn’t know but when I stood up and did it, I felt proud that I managed to do it. It wasn’t as scary as I thought it’d be. Following the event, my advice would be to take every opportunity which is given to you.

For more information on Tech4Good and their events, check out their twitter @Tech4GoodLpool

Sarah Burns

Neuro Champions Young Leader, Neuro Champions