Feels FM: The World’s First Emoji-powered Digital Jukebox for Mental Health
The Scottish Government Mental Health Directorate commissioned See Me to host conversations with children and young people about what mental health and wellbeing means to them. The objectives were to:• empower young people, by giving them a forum to have their voice heard where they can speak about their mental health and take action• ensure young people’s voices are included in the decisions that affect them• Help to normalise conversation about mental health and wellbeing and reduce the stigma• encourage as wide a discussion as possible on the key issues and gain a better understanding of what is important to young people• raise awareness of what mental health means to young peopleSee Me worked with young people to develop and coproduce Feels FM to provide a forum where children and young people could speak about their mental health and what is important to them.
Laura Jane Sharpe
See Me Scotland, UK
Laura Sharpe is the Education and Young People Manager for See Me, Scotland’s Programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.
Laura has lead and developing children, young people and families’ programmes across the third sector; helping to tackle a number of equality issues and developing programmes to improve services and individuals lives.
During her time at See Me Laura has led on the strategic development of the Education and Young People Programme bringing together young volunteers and professionals, actively involving and engaging them to lead the change they hope to see in the world.
Laura utilises a comprehensive approach to work alongside citizens, partners and stakeholders and is passionate about striving towards equality, ensuring that individuals can not only access opportunities but also are empowered to create change.
Laura is an Associate Member of the Community Development Standards Council for Scotland; Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.