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Championing young people's mental health with My Mind Matters Too

Meg Zeenat Wamithi is a Politics, Philosophy and Economics student at King’s and the Founder and CEO of My Mind Matters Too, a youth-led mental health research and development company that aims to support young people suffering with mental health issues. We interviewed Meg to find out more about the work she has been engaged in during her time at King’s and how My Mind Matters Too has been adapted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meg Zeenat Wamithi is a revolutionary young leader and powerful advocate for the importance of tackling mental health, especially among young people. Inspired by her own difficult experience, Meg created My Mind Matters Too in order to help other young people suffering with mental health issues. The company is part of the Entrepreneurship Institute’s King's20 Accelerator cohort for 2019-20, a year-long programme that supports the 20 brightest ventures from King's to reach their potential.

Over this last year, My Mind Matters Too has held a number of workshops, a roundtable discussion at the House of Commons, seven mental health panel events and more than 50 drop-in sessions for students who need support with managing their mental health. This year, My Mind Matters Too led Rise, King’s first ever mental health and wellbeing festival, and contributed to the brand new five-year strategic plan for student mental health and wellbeing. In response to COVID-19, the team involved in My Mind Matters Too have adapted their programme of events to ensure young people continue to receive mental health support.

We envision a world in which the biggest issue that a young person has to face when it comes to accessing mental health support, is no longer, where can I go? or how long will it take before I get seen? but with all this choice, where do I start, today?– Meg Zeenat Wamithi, PPE student and Founder of My Mind Matters Too
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Meg’s commitment to changing the world for the better has seen her champion anti-bullying in schools, inclusivity and diversity on university campuses, and mental health services in public policy. She is an excellent role model and has dedicated the last few years to providing support and services to young people dealing with mental health issues, all alongside her full-time studies.

Most recently, Meg was a keynote speaker at the Conservative Party Conference on a panel with the Minister of Education, and a keynote speaker at the All-Party Parliamentary Group university meeting about student mental health and wellbeing. In March 2019, she appeared on Channel 5 in a programme dedicated to university mental health day.

We spoke to Meg to find out more about the work she has undertaken to champion young people’s mental health both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What motivates you to represent young people? 

I have always been that child that wanted to sit at the adult table. I remember studying Victorian history and learning about children being seen and not heard. This suggested that young people’s voices did not matter. Luckily, I grew up in a political household and we were always invited to the adult table. It is great to have representation but even better if you can represent yourself. 

As a young person, why do you think it is important to find solutions to local and global problems?

A lot of people think that they don’t have agency but everyone has the power to make a change. Problem solving is part of life and is also an essential skill in the current job market. If you can find just one problem to solve on a micro or macro scale, then you are fulfilling your responsibility as a citizen. There are numerous global problems that will impact future generations and it is up to us to find the solutions. If we don’t, who will?

How have you adapted My Mind Matters Too in response to COVID-19?

Every Wednesday at 6pm (BST) we host our Tea and Talks on Zoom. Our Tea and Talks sessions are our way of creating a safe space to check in with our minds and open up a conversation about mental health with others as well as learn how to practically support ourselves in our daily lives in the process during COVID-19.

A number of King’s students and alumni are regular attendees of these sessions and important community builders. This includes James Madden (a second-year Medicine student), Ioana Andrei (a Business Management 2015 graduate), Sigourney Hove (a Physics student) and Zachariah James (a first-year Medicine student).

So far, we spoken about demotivation in studying or working at home, managing our anxieties, hitting rock bottom in the lockdown, the importance of routines and how to build a routine that works for you during the lockdown, disappointment and perfectionism. But, above all, we’ve all just come along and had a chat about anything and everything that is on our minds.

We also send our Mind Up Newsletter every Monday, which provides a summary of all the tips we have shared the week before on our Instagram account. So far, we have been able to reach over 1,264 people each week since the lockdown and this number is growing.

We are also fortunate to be on this year's King's20 Accelerator programme and, with the support of the incredible Entrepreneurship Institute, we have worked hard these last 8 weeks to build Mind Mapper, which we are launching at the end of June. MindMapper is the One Stop Shop for finding mental health support that is quick, easy and tailored to you. It is a platform that connects individuals to hundreds of existing apps, websites, support groups, podcasts, videos, books, music and more, that have been tried and approved by young people for improving mental health.

What would your advice be to current students at King’s who want to make a difference? 

My advice would be to join a society and get onto a committee as the skills you learn from these activities are incomparable and go beyond your course in teaching you about things you need in the real world. I would also advise students to undertake any type of ambassador work, whether this be with Student Success and Social Mobility, the Entrepreneurship Institute, Diversity and Inclusion, or Sustainability. There is nothing better than sharing your experiences with new or prospective students. 

There are also lots of courses that you can do alongside your degree. For example, I completed the Leadership and Professional Skills Award in my first year, which taught me the importance of networking and laid the foundations for the book that I am currently writing. There are over 35,000 students at King’s, they are part of your network and you need to learn how to access that. 

Finally, if there is something you want to do, don’t hesitate, just start. There is no such thing as the right time or being fully prepared. Nothing can fully prepare you, just get going! 

What are your future aspirations?

My ideal job would be to continue building My Mind Matters Too and to help other young people to build their own companies. However, I think the overall goal will always be connected to representation, so politics is of interest. A huge amount of the electorate is young and feel like they do not have a say so one thing I want to change is representation in Parliament. Let’s start bringing young people into positions of influence so that they can change things!

My vision for 2029, is for 30 per cent of the Houses of Parliament to be under the age of 25. I would love to see a cabinet minister who is under the age of 30 and a PM under the age of 40! Who knows, I could be residing at No. 10 one day.

Find out more about My Mind Matters Too on their website and contact them by email to be added to their mailing list.

Find out more about the King’s20 Accelerator Programme and how to apply for Cohort V 2020-2021 on the Entrepreneurship Institute’s webpages.

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