Dr Alex George appointed young mental health ambassador

During Children’s Mental Health week, the PM has appointed Dr. Alex George as Youth Mental Health Ambassador.

Dr Alex took to social media saying ‘The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has appointed me as the Ambassador for Mental Health. I will be working with the Government to make mental health a priority, for both current and future generations. Now more than ever we realise how fundamental this is. It’s time for change.’

Dr. Alex is an A&E doctor and has been a passionate online campaigner for children’s mental health since he tragically lost his brother to suicide last year.

He described his brother as having the ‘kindest and most caring soul’ and that he ‘would have been the most incredible doctor.’

Positive news for young people’s mental health

Following his brother’s death, Dr Alex has been campaigning for the Prime Minister to make children and young people’s mental health education and support a priority during the pandemic.

As Youth Mental Health Ambassador, he will use his clinical expertise and personal experience to champion government’s work on children’s mental health and shape policy on improving support for young people in schools, colleges and universities.

Thanks to his huge social media following among young people, Dr. Alex is well placed to signpost the support that is already available, as well as provide input and feedback to government on what more can be done.

He will also sit on the new Mental Health in Education Action Group, chaired by Children’s Minister Vicky Ford and Universities Minister Michelle Donelan – which will look specifically at how we support young people with their wellbeing as they return to school and university after this difficult year.

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