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A Year 11 student has spoken about the impact of mental illness on his family at the London launch of a pioneering mental health project.

Joel and Ms Blackmore, who is the College's Young Carers Champion, attended the launch on 26 October at the Royal Society of Medicine.

Joel's testimony and that of other young carers at the launch made such an impression on Alastair Campbell - well-known for his support of mental health charities and causes - that he mentioned them in his blog post If Only Ministers Were As Wise As These Three Young People.

"The event was attended by a wide range of people including psychiatrists, the Department of Education and closed by Alistair Campbell," said Ms Blackmore.

"Alistair's subsequent blog mentioned Joel and how he had expressed that being part of the project had not only saved his life but also given him an opportunity to understand the impact of mental illness."

Ms Blackmore’s presentation about the impact the project had on teachers and students - helping them to understand how to recognise and support students who may have a parent with a mental illness - was also mentioned in the post.

"This is a project the College has been involved in for the past three years," explained Ms Blackmore.

"It is a model of explanation and understanding which can be used in schools as both a learning tool, to inform teachers and pupils and to help the children of parents with a mental illness."

College staff have worked alongside the charity Kidstime Foundation as well as students from the Drama department to develop materials for the project.

"As a school we are very proud of our work with the Who Cares? Project and will continue to deliver the sessions on a yearly basis," said Ms Blackmore.

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