An Edge Hill University graduate is hoping to put her first-class degree into action by helping to inspire the next generation to open up about their mental health. 

Samantha Gleed, 21, has graduated with a First Class Honours in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing, and is on a mission to normalise conversations around mental health with children and young people. 

Sammy, who is from Wiltshire, now plans to pursue further study at Edge Hill by embarking on a MSc Psychology (Conversion) with a goal to become a qualified child mental health psychologist. 

She explained: “If we can help children and young people to understand their feelings and how to articulate that from an early age, then we can help to prevent those emotions from being bottled up and potentially lead to long-term problems in later life. 

“The majority of mental health problems can be traced back to a young age, so if we can work with children and empower them with the knowledge and literacy to express themselves, it will improve so many other aspects of their lives as they progress into adulthood. 

“Children are our future and I think it’s incredibly important that we support them throughout the transition into adolescence and adulthood to always keep their emotional development in check.” 

Sammy knew from a young age that she wanted to work with children but it was while she was studying for her A Levels when she learned about the mental health challenges experienced by those close to her that motivated her to want to help others facing the same problems. 

She added: “It has always been a given that I wanted to work with children and young people, but when I discovered this degree, I saw an opportunity to train myself up to one day be able to give back and help other people. 

“I was so lucky that I found this course at Edge Hill and I have loved every moment, I would recommend the programme to anyone. 

“The campus felt like a home from home for me, coming from a small village in Southampton to Ormskirk. As soon as I arrived at Edge Hill I felt at home and l I knew that it was the place for me. Studying here was the best decision I’ve made.” 

Society needs people who understand the whole health and social care system. Edge Hill’s Health and Social Care programmes will help you to learn the skills you need to work in a range of settings and develop the empathetic mindset you need to deliver effective care.  

We’ll help you find invaluable placement opportunities in the NHS and local government. Already confident working in practice, you’ll be ready to take on a range of roles or move on to further study for clinical and non-clinical careers.