YOUNG people are being encouraged to talk openly about their mental health.

A unique project led by South Cheshire CCG, Vale Royal CCG and RedShift Radio will see the station’s young presenters talk to their peers about real-life challenges and concerns.

During the six-week pilot, presenters aged between 11 and 18 will be joined by experts to cover a range of topics including confidence, body image and relationships.

Dr Jean Jenkins, mental health lead for the CCGs, said: “This innovative project, using internet radio, will get those conversations started with young people talking about their lives. I’m sure this peer support will help young people open up about their concerns and also find out what other support is available across South Cheshire and Vale Royal.”

The project coincides with World Mental Health Week, May 8 to 14, which is highlighting the range of online services available for people to talk about their wellbeing.

Five of the stations youth programmes will be part of the project and are available to listen any time through