Katie Graden (Newtownards, Co. Down), a student at Glenlola Collegiate, has been campaigning for mental health awareness since January 2017 by sharing her personal experiences with mental illness on her Facebook page “Positivity Only” and at public speaking engagements.

Katie was also inspired to draft her own proposal for a student-run mental health leadership team to be implemented in every school in Northern Ireland. Recently Katie took part in a 297-mile walk in memory of the 297 people who took their lives in Northern Ireland in 2018 and raised over £1,000 for Action Mental Health. She was commended for her efforts and was honoured with the Inspirational Young Person of the Year award. Through her work, Katie continues to raise awareness for mental health and improve mental health initiatives across NI.

Katie was also inspired to draft her own proposal for a student-run mental health leadership team to be implemented in every school in Northern Ireland. Recently Katie took part in a 297-mile walk in memory of the 297 people who took their lives in Northern Ireland in 2018 and raised over £1,000 for Action Mental Health. She was commended for her efforts and was honoured with the Inspirational Young Person of the Year award. Through her work, Katie continues to raise awareness for mental health and improve mental health initiatives across NI.

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