Hillside Clubhouse: Fighting the stigma of mental health  

 Jay, a Support Worker at Hillside Clubhouse a mental health charity was approached by students from Queen’s Park Community School about First Give.

“In the weeks that followed, Safiya hand the team came to visit the team at Hillside. They conducted a number of interviews with our users and staff and showed a keen interest in the work that we do.” 

In their School Final the group focused on personal stories and the challenges of those who suffer with mental health in Brent.  

“The group area great inspiration for all of us in the charity. It was heart warming to see how much they cared for the cause, it really uplifted us.”  

There was no doubt that the students had created a strong relationship with the charity and spoke with real passion. They team won a£1000 First Give grant which they were able to present to the staff and clients who were in the audience that day. The grant has gone towards paying the Hillside’s helpline kiosk, a small team of staff who provide everyday support and structure to those battling a mental health disorder. 

“The students provided a valuable insight into the challenges of mental health stigma. It was empowering to see young people championing our cause. We were all ecstatic and all felt like winners.”  

 You can see the video created by students in support of Hillside Clubhouse here