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Just Talk is a multi-agency programme, steered by young people.

It is a collaborative campaign designed to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people (CYP) in Hertfordshire. Through co-production with CYP and other partners, Just Talk’s vision is to create a county in which all young people recognise that it’s ok to not be ok, feel comfortable and confident in talking about mental health, have tools for looking after their emotional wellbeing, and know how to access support when it’s needed.

Just Talk’s Mission:

  • To raise awareness of mental health in an equitable way for boys and girls aged 8 - 24
  • To raise awareness of self-help techniques and support agencies available to children, young people and parents/carers within Hertfordshire
  • To increase consistency of mental health language and messages across the mental health system.
  • To reduce the stigma associated with talking about mental health/illness.
  • To equip schools and other agencies with the tools needed to actively promote mental health and emotional wellbeing.


Coordinated by the Public Health team at Hertfordshire County Council, partners have given their time and expertise to ensure that the quality resources and information available here, and the direction of the campaign, meets the needs of young people.

Read the Just Talk 2020 Evaluation

Read the Just Talk 2018-19 Evaluation

Want to become a partner?

Just Talk Network partners meet quarterly to collaborate on the development of the Just Talk campaign. This helps ensure the messages and resources produced are current, useful and widely shared.

The Just Talk Network includes partners from the NHS, local authority, education, community, voluntary and social enterprise sectors. Partners work together by pooling their skills, knowledge and resources, to support the Just Talk campaign and help improve the emotional wellbeing of children and young people in Hertfordshire.

To join the network, email