Schoolgirl champions children’s mental health charity


A bold new initiative aimed at helping children’s mental health is being championed by a Lanarkshire schoolgirl.

Leah MacInnes, 12, is working with the Crystal Kingdoms charity, which provides various books, workshops and learning tools for kids aged seven to 11.

Part of their process involves having other children speak to classes in school, making mental health an easier topic to discuss, and Leah has signed up to help in the Rutherglen and Cambuslang area.

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Now she is seeking to fundraise for the charity, so that she can help carry out its work locally.

Her proud mum Paula explained why the Leah, who attends West Coats Primary, is already focused on mental health.

She told Lanarkshire Live: “Leah has family members with mental health issues and depression, so it is something she has been aware of from a young age, and she knows it can have an effect on people.

“What Crystal Kingdoms is wanting to do is to run mental health workshops in schools, hospitals and youth clubs, and they will have a child advocate, who will go in and talk to the children. It should have more impact that way, because kids often don’t listen when it’s an adult talking, but are more likely to listen to someone their age.

“It’s not free to run but they don’t want to charge the schools for it, so Leah has started fundraising instead. At the classes each child gets a pack including a book to take away and read and activities to do – it would really benefit kids to know that it’s OK to talk about your mental health from a young age.”

Leah’s current goal is £1600, which would ensure she could have all the items needed to hold her first workshop in the autumn, which would be focused around reading.

Paula added: “ I’m really proud of her. I actually wasn’t sure about it when she mentioned it, but we looked into Crystal Kingdoms and saw the work they are doing.

“Leah wants to be a doctor when she is older and she is a very caring girl.”

Visit here for more details on Leah’s fundraiser, and here for information on the work of Crystal Kingdoms.

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