youth politics

Today is World Mental Health Day, and with conditions like depression and anxiety on the rise, especially amongst young people, it's one of the biggest issues we are facing as a society. By discussing mental health, it shows it's not a taboo subject and something that is not to be ashamed about if you are suffering. I am always trying to make sure that mental health is spoken about openly and lobby the Government for more funding and facilities for it, as I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health.
Young folks are stuck behind their screens, instead becoming keyboard warriors, rather than feeling able to take action in their communities. And while there is some merit to being a keyboard warrior (hell, I'm doing it right now), thousands of young people are being neglected by the sector that they so desperately desire to be a part of.
Youth unemployment was also a big conversation point, especially in the West Midlands. The lack of high-quality jobs is a worry for them, young people do not necessarily want to move to London, they want the opportunity to stay in the area and add value to it. That has been a real backlash from young people and it's forcing the establishment to sit up and take notice.
UKIP have enjoyed moderate success in the West Midlands if you take into account finishing 3rd in almost all of the region's parliamentary constituencies in the 2015 General Election and making steady gains in last year's local elections.
Here in the West Midlands, we are about to embark on an election to vote our very first metropolitan mayor. Since it's costing us £4m, we thought we better ensure youth issues are represented in the debate by doing something about it ourselves, starting our own campaign which is organised by young people for young people.
At first, I was genuinely upset, hurt and angry. After a while however, such feelings turned into bemusement as I scrolled through my Twitter feed and encountered the same dogmatic attitudes being hurled at me over and over again, interspersed amongst the news that Hillary had secured the Democrat's Presidential nomination.
As the dust begins to settle, many young people are waking up to the reality that democracy does matter. Your vote does count. But capitalizing on this new found youth engagement is key. Helpfully, a new app hopes to do just that.
This is just one example of a young person who is desperate to enact positive change. There must be thousands more out there. So if you know a young person with a thirst for more, for the world to be a different place, or who wants to act - encourage them. Enable them. Help them. Help create Generation Action. God knows the system won't.
You will have read this before - not enough young people are voting. Statistics show that in the 2010 General Election only 54% of 18-24 year-olds were registered to vote and only 44% of them actually voted. By not voting young people are the easiest group to ignore. This has to change and I believe that it is the young people who are already engaged in politics that need to reach out to those furthest away from politics and bring them in...
UKIP students have finally been given the go ahead to establish a society at their university after originally being told