Romford teen to mentor young people with mental health issues

PUBLISHED: 08:13 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:13 16 January 2018

Lashai Ben-Salmi is running a competition to find two young people from Romford to mentor.

Lashai Ben-Salmi is running a competition to find two young people from Romford to mentor.


An outspoken teenager from Romford is looking for two young people from the borough with mental health issues to take part in some mentoring sessions.

Lashai Ben Salmi, aged 17, from Barnstaple Road has set up a competition for young people between the ages of 13 and 19, to send in their personal stories of why they could benefit from some mentoring,

The two winners will then have three one-to-one mentoring sessions with Lashai over a period of three weeks.

Lashai told the Recorder: “I’ve seen an increase in mental health issues in young people, not just necessarily in this borough, but all over London. I work with a lot of young people who are under a lot of stress and are struggling with issues that may not be addressed by their school or at home, and I wanted to find ways to empower them.

“I would definitely say that extra pressures come from school. With the recent syllabus changes, more children are under a lot more pressure.

“Social media, is another factor, as young people feel that there is a certain image they have to uphold.”

Lashai has worked as a youth group leader and taken part in voluntary work with the National Citizen Service.

She has been inspired to work with young people after she suffered from bullying at a young age at school.

“This made me very passionate to help young people who might have gone through similar cases,” she said.

Lashai added: “I’ve been involved in coaching young people before. So, I wanted to raise awareness of what I do, but I also want to provide an opportunity to help two young people by mentoring them.

“In the mentoring sessions, I firstly try to understand the person and learn what’s going on at home, at school and how any situations they may feel stuck in, can be changed. I try to find a compromise and provide them with stepping stones to get to where they desire to be.”

To send in your stories for the competition, you can email Lashai at:

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