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Talk Out Loud

Talk Out Loud

About us

The Northamptonshire Talk out Loud Programme is an NHS and county council initiative that is driven by young people to:

  • Help spread the message that ‘mental health is everybody’s business.'
  • Increase awareness of mental health needs, draw attention to the stigma and discrimination experienced by young people
  • with mental health needs and challenge the negative perceptions of mental health needs
  • Raise awareness amongst young people about mental health issues, stigma and where they can access help and support
  • Encourage young people to take responsibility for tackling mental health stigma
  • Work with you people to develop services that are accessible and in settings that young people are comfortable in

Our participation group, consisting of over 30 young people from across Northamptonshire, is passionate about making sure that young people feel comfortable to TALK OUT LOUD about mental health and get the help and support that they need. If you need any information, training or support in delivering the programme in your school or would like to get involved please contact:



This section includes a number of resources focused either on opening up a dialogue with children on mental health, raising awareness or employing various protective attitudes and coping skills.

There is also a useful guide for adults, written by young people on how they can best be supported.

Mental Health Awareness Day


It was a day where schools across Northamptonshire join together to show their support of the Talk out Loud Programme. The day provides a great opportunity to raise awareness of mental health to young people in lots of interesting, fun and inclusive ways.

All schools will be provided with resources for use on the day during January 2019.

Northamptonshire Mental Health Awareness Day


Challenge Tessa

Challenge Tessa is now an annual event that aims to raise awareness of Northamptonshire Mental Health Awareness Day in the lead-up. Tessa Parkinson Programme Manager for the Talk out Loud Programme has for 2019 been challenged to visit all secondary schools and as many primary schools as possible during January and February. During her visits, Tessa will get a boiler suit stamped by schools, have photos taken with staff and pupils/students, whilst also delivering resources for schools to use on Mental Health Awareness Day.

Please contact to book your visit.

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