Chilypep’s OASIS group stand up for mental health at Mayor’s Parade

Members of Chilypep’s Barnsley-based OASIS group campaign for better mental health services for young people.

Chilypep’s OASIS group, made up of Barnsley Young Commissioners aged 14-25, took part in the Mayor’s Parade in Barnsley while handing out mental health goodie bags.

The group are now now getting ready to hold an event called Be-You-tiful Minds, which will take place on Oct 10th, World Mental Health Day, at the Learning Lab at Barnsley Museums.

The event, taking place 1pm – 5pm, will bring together young people, parents and members of the community alongside Chilypep, TADS and other services.

Beth Godcliffe and Davina Sands, 22 and 21 respectively, are both part of OASIS.

Beth, of Staincross has been involved with the project for over a yea and Davina for over two years.

“It’s a great project and I think my favourite thing is working with others to see a positive outcome,” said Beth. “Who better to deliver service improvement than those who have been involved with the services?

Davina of Monk Bretton added: “For the event on World Mental Health Day we wanted to create a sort of interactive exhibition, on how we can focus on young people better. We are trying to change how people are going into services, so that is why we are working with a lot of services including the public health team.

“Mental health is such a taboo subject, but not talking about it isn’t doing anything and it doesn’t mean there aren’t issues there. It’s so important to let services know what they can do to help.”

On World Mental Health Day, members of OASIS are encouraging people to wear yellow, which links to Young Minds and its #HelloYellow campaign.

OASIS members meet each week at Horizon college in Barnsley.

Chantelle Parke, participation and mental health training co-ordinator for Chilypep said: “The young commissioners from OASIS are truly dedicated to making positive change in the support and services young people get for their mental health. I see their passion and dedication weekly, and how they always go above and beyond to make sure their voices are heard.”

For more information about the OASIS group, head to our project page.