Youngsters take part in big debate

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A young woman from Chorley has joined 400 young people at Lancaster University to take part in the annual sitting of the UK Youth Parliament organised by the British Youth Council..

Kelly Swaby joined others including Aidan Ray from Lancaster and Saul Suttie from Ribble Valley to attend the event which brings together members of the UK Youth Parliament from across the country to debate issues to be placed on the Make Your Mark Ballot, the biggest youth consultation in Europe.

Kelly said: “Being an MYP allows me to serve the youth of not just my local community but of the country.

“As an MYP my aim is to develop people’s understanding of mental health issues.

“Whether it be the definition of mental health, the triggers or the diagnosis of mental health illnesses, I want to target the stigma attached to mental health problems.”