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The Hot Potato project: tackling mental health issues in young people

Zoe Butler’s innovative project to address the 'hot potato' of mental health issues in young people saw her crowned winner of Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award at the 2017 RCNi Awards. 
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Zoe Butler's innovative project to address the 'hot potato' of mental health issues in young people saw her crowned winner of Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award at the 2017 RCNi Awards

My passion for improving mental health services started after a young woman I knew took her own life. She was part of a theatre group I volunteered for, and the distress experienced by fellow members prompted me to take action.

The young people in the group required care, support and compassion to cope with their bereavement, so I decided to produce The Hot Potato Project, aimed at tackling the 'hot potato' subject of mental health and removing stigma.

I contacted local mental health services and talked to young people accessing child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) about their experiences. This made me aware

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