26 November 2014
Charlotte Wealthy, 18, has used her own experiences to help other young people overcome the stigma of mental illness.
Starting when she was still at school, Charlotte put her role as deputy head girl to good use.
She explains: “I set up a health and well-being committee, and I created roles for senior prefects as ‘student listeners’.”
Charlotte used her initiative to train staff at the school, downloading and distributing leaflets on mental health issues among teenagers. She also founded the group Relationship Abuse, Not Today, offering support to young victims of domestic violence.
Since then, Charlotte has been involved in a variety of projects – from making short films to writing for an upcoming book.
She has also been helping to design ‘InHand’, an app that focuses on helping young people with mental health problems.
Since its launch in May 2014, the app has been downloaded over 5,000 times. She says: “I worked with a group of independent young people on the app – it’s a feel-good app that motivates people and gives them a boost.”
Originally from Bebbington in Cheshire, Charlotte is currently studying radiography at the University of Liverpool.
Winning her category at the Humantiarian Citizen Awards in November 2014 was a big, if very pleasant, surprise.
She said: "It was amazing - I couldn't believe it when I got the award. I'm planning on going into healthcare, so this whole experience has been a great spur for the future."
The Humantiarian Citizen Awards– and all the fabulous prizes – have been kindly sponsored by Canon.