National Mental Health Debate for Young People

Does technology improve your mental health?

Join us for the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales & TEC Cymru National Mental Health Debate for Young People 2021, where multi-school panels will argue for and against the motion ‘Does technology improve your mental health?.’

This virtual event is being held for year 9 and above and is available for secondary schools throughout Wales to enter. The event will be broadcast over Zoom on Thursday 17th June 2021 (9.15-10.15am), however we ask that video submissions from schools to be pre-recorded and submitted by Wednesday 9th June.

Each invited school will nominate two student spokespeople to represent them at the debate.

Each 2-person team will argue ‘for’ or ‘against’ the motion on behalf of their school, with contributions lasting 2 minutes each as a maximum.

Each contribution is pre-recorded, and submissions can be received in English or Welsh.

During the event itself, submissions will be broadcast and there will be contributions from prominent popular figures to support the broadcast. The debate will be chaired by a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, alongside a panel of judges. 

It will run 'live' on Thursday 17th June from 9.15 - 10.15 am, the resources will also be made available to schools to watch back from a webpage from the morning of the event.

If you would like to register your school to participate, please complete the electronic form from the blue box opposite in the first instance, we'll then come back to you with details of how to submit a video recording.

We are asking that all submission are received by Wednesday 9 June. We ask that schools register interest early to avoid disappointment.

Schools who do not wish to participate will have the opportunity to view the broadcast. This will be behind a secure link and not a public event. There will be further information distributed in the run up to the event.

To accompany the debate on the motion ‘Does technology improve your mental health?’, we are also delighted to offer three parallel competitions for art, poetry and essay writing.

The competitions are open to years 9 and above, and will be judged as three separate competitions.

We would ask that any submission for the art, poetry or essay competition is consistent with the motion being debated.

Entries can be individual or collective in groups, and there is no limit to how many submissions schools can make.

Art entries

We are keen for schools and pupils to interpret this competition in the way that they feel creatively captures the topic; for instance, schools may wish to submit a model, painting, a digital entry or recorded performance.

We won’t be requesting that entries are posted, this would be impractical. We would be keen to receive photographs or recordings of any submitted artwork.

We would also be keen to showcase submissions alongside the broadcast, but please could you identify should you not want any submissions featured.

Poetry entries

We would wish for submissions to be sent in a word document, we are keen to receive submissions in English and Welsh.

Essay entries

We would wish for submissions to be sent in a word document, we are keen to receive submissions in English and Welsh. We ask for a minimum word count of 300 words.

Submissions should be sent to Ollie John by Wednesday 9 June.

Notes for schools

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales has a recent history of running these successful mental health debates for young people. This is the first national, virtual debate and we have partnered with TEC Cymru.

Technology Enabled Care Cymru (TEC Cymru) are the national video consultation service, supported by Welsh Government.

For further information, please contact Ollie John.