Libby Everall

Young Person of the Year Award

A hardworking and dedicated Penryn girl was named‘Young Person of The Year’ at Pirate FM’s Local Heroes Awards in association with South West Bottled Gas.

16 year old Libby Everall was nominated for this award by her mum Clare, after showing courage after being diagnosed with depression and anxiety at the age of 13.

“Libby is the strongest, hardworking and dedicated girl.” she said.

“Since September she had worked tirelessly in school, dedicating her time to create a mental health support team.

“She has a great attribute to her school and has nationally spoken out to try and change the perception of mental health illness in teenagers and children”.

Clare continues: “Libby has dedicated her time this year to developing and promoting mental health awareness. She has made a CBBC documentary, and been on BBC breakfast discussing her opinion.

Clare continued: “Libby said she wants to break the stigma that surrounds mental health in kids and teens. She is the most amazing girl I know”.

This award was sponsored by Truro and Penwith College, and Libby collected the award at a special ceremony held at Tregenna Castle Resort in St Ives.

Libby said: “The journey in which I had been on, there were a lot of bumps and dives. I’ve had a lot of help and support from friends and family.

“At the time I was diagnosed, there wasn’t much acceptance around it and there was still quite a prevalent stigma surrounding mental health”.

On the award, Libby said: “I was very grateful, it’s nice to be recognised and have other people believe in you and the cause you’re working towards”.