Mental Health Hackathon

Help us find the next generation of Citizen Senate youth members

The NHS is 70 years old and it is starting to feel the strain. The Eastern Academic Health Science Network (EAHSN) wants to support the public in helping to shape local health and care services, so that the NHS can cope with increasing demand over the next 70 years.

One of the ways that the EAHSN does this is through hosting the East of England Citizen Senate. The Citizen Senate would like to better represent young people’s views on mental health, and so are inviting ten 14–19 year olds to join as Youth Members.

We are hosting a Mental Health Hackathon to give young people the chance to find out more and to see if they’re interested in joining the Citizen Senate. In addition to meeting like-minded individuals, your students/children will be given the opportunity to explore the issues regarding young people and mental health, and consider possible ways to tackle these important issues.

            Sunday 3 December
            Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
            Book here

Who can get involved?

Young people aged 14–19 years old and live in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex or Hertfordshire. They should have a desire to influence change in their community, value differences and be able to identify and challenge discrimination.

Joining the Citizen Senate as Youth Members may also appeal to young people who are considering a career in health services or policy, or have personal experience of NHS services either as a service user or a family member or friend of service users.

Find out more

If you have any queries about the East of England Citizen Senate or the Mental Health Hackathon, please contact Form the Future, who are managing the event on behalf of EAHSN, on 01223 781296 or at

Legal note:           
Children and Young People have the right to be consulted and involved in decisions that affect their health and care, as stipulated in Article 14 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Children, and in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act (2007), which contains reference to the ‘duty to involve’.