A TEENAGE artist from York has spoken out in support of a threatened mental health scheme.

York Mind’s Young People’s Project sees its three-year funding from Comic Relief come to an end in June.

If that money cannot be found from another source, the scheme may have to close.

Seventeen-year-old Rebecca, whose surname we have withheld, is one of those who have been helped by the project.

Rebecca, who took part in the Young People’s Project’s Arts Award, said the experience had had a profoundly beneficial effect on her mental health.

The Arts Award is a flexible accredited programme which supports young people, aged 16-25, around a series of arts-based topics.

Rebecca said: “Being a part of the Arts Award was possibly the most uplifting six-and-a-bit months of my entire life so far.

"The Arts Award helped me regain my artistic streak, but it also most certainly helped with my mental health, too.

"As soon as I got settled, the Arts Award was something I looked forward to every week."

Rebecca showcases her artwork on blog site Littlekittylion-art.tumblr.com.

Vicky Blakey, young persons' mentor for York Mind, is determined to keep the Young People’s Project going.

She said: "Rebecca's work is just one of the positive things that have come out of the project.

"A lot of the work we do has specific funding.

"We would love to keep this going and would ask anyone interested to get in touch."

Anyone interested in finding out about the charity can attend a 'Meet York Mind' event from 12pm to 2pm today at City of York Council's West Offices.

The event, which marks Time to Talk Day 2016, will provide details of the charity's services and support for better mental health.

For more information on this and supporting York Mind, contact Vicky Blakey on 01904 643364.