Meg Zeenat Wamithi is a revolutionary young leader and powerful advocate for the importance of tackling mental health, especially among young people.
Originally from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, she grew up and went to school in the local area. Her family was the only black family in the neighbourhood, making it difficult for Meg to find positive role models who shared her background, especially as many of her peers were being suspended or expelled for their behaviour in school.
At thirteen, Meg was diagnosed with a variety of mental illnesses including anorexia, anxiety and depression, and had to struggle to manage her symptoms alongside her schoolwork. At 14, Meg had her first suicide attempt and at 16 she had her second. The last couple of years at school were particularly difficult for Meg, but she passed her A levels with some of the best results in her year, even after her school went into special measures.
By 2017, however, Meg had relapsed with depression and anxiety. On her 20th birthday, Meg attempted to take her own life and was rushed to hospital. Even at that crisis point, Meg did not feel that she received the necessary support. This was a situation that Meg was determined not to see repeated.
Inspired by her own difficult experience, Meg created My Mind Matters Too, an innovation hub which connects 16-25-year-olds with resources, services and content to help them live mentally healthier lives. Over the year, her work has seen her recognised as an award-winning mental health campaigner and consultant. Her commitment to changing the world for the better has seen her champion anti-bullying in schools, inclusivity and diversity on university campuses, the evolution of school curriculums and mental health services in public policy, as well as championing young people’s voices in politics.
Meg is currently studying for a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at King’s College London and hopes to have a future career in politics. Above all Meg is committed to ensuring that young people's voices are heard, but most importantly that they matter too.