A group set up by Knowsley teenagers following the tragic death of a friend is helping other young people improve their mental health.
The Lee Cooper Foundation was set up after teenager Lee Thornley took his own life in February 2018. A group of Lee’s friends decided to create the foundation which aims to challenge the stigma around poor mental health, as well as helping young people improve their mental health and wellbeing.
Since its creation last year, the foundation has gone from strength to strength. Its young founders have formed a management committee, adopted a constitution and have received training in suicide prevention, committee skills, health and safety, assessing risk and equality and diversity.
The group has also worked closely with Knowsley Council’s Communities Team to apply for grants totalling £11,000 from the National Lottery and the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre.
A weekly drop in session called #letschat is held by the foundation every Thursday evening between 6.30pm and 8.30 pm at the Old School House in Huyton. The sessions offer young people the opportunity to develop strategies that will help to better cope with their mental health, be it through mindfulness classes, ‘nourish to flourish’ workshops or exercise groups in partnership with Volair.