“My name is Elin Morris, I’m 16 years old and I’m so pleased to be a Welsh Youth Parliament Member.
I left school at 14 due to the inability of the current education system to adapt and accommodate to the needs of those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Despite ongoing difficulties with education since then, I am now studying towards a degree and I’m enjoying every moment of it. There are some people that aren’t as lucky as me. I have been able to find something that supports me and my needs. Other young people like me are often ignored and left with nothing.
I have anxiety and depression and I deal with trauma caused by bullying and my experiences in education. Consequently, I have been receiving support from CAMHS for the past 3 and a half years, including three months in inpatient services. I believe that if we fail to support young people with their mental health, it will have catastrophic effects on the country during the next few decades. This is why I want to improve support services for young people and their mental health, emphasising on early intervention and providing more funding for CAMHS and other services.
I’m a bit of a misfit, an avid football fan and a firm believer in social equality. I look forward to the work I will be doing with the Welsh Youth Parliament.”
3 key issues:
- Mental health and the difficulty of accessing support services
- Fixing the education system that excludes and ignores those with SEND
- Support services for LGBTQ+ youth and providing equal SRE in schools