By Jill Dando News
Samara Siviter, 19, Mental Health Correspondent for the UK newspaper the Good News Post, has been offered a place in the grand finals of the UK National Miss Pageant for 2024.
The inspirational teenager, (left on the photo) a former student of The King Alfred School Academy and their Sixth Form in Highbridge, Somerset is in the finals of the UK National Miss Pageant, launched by Holly Pirrie in 2020.
It is an annual award-winning pageant which celebrates empowering women and celebrating their achievements.
The competition receives hundreds of entries each year.
Samara has had a fantastic couple of years, appearing on national radio, and being part of inspirational campaigns to help boost mental health.
She is also a graduate of Jill Dando News – and is achieving great things as a Jill Dando journalist.
She said: “Being invited to the finals was a surprise, to say the least. I entered this for a joke to put it quite frankly, and didn’t necessarily believe that someone like me would be able to make it to the finals of a competition so prestigious, let alone on a national scale but what can I say? Anything is possible!”
Since graduating from A Levels last year, Samara has gone on to become an activist at Young Minds as well as an ambassador at In Charley’s Memory, with also recently started her training to become a fully qualified counsellor.
Over the course of the past year, with her extensive work within mental health activism, she has campaigned at parliament to MPs with her fellow cohort of activists to draw attention to End The Wait times and fund the hubs .
The event was also in attendance from Doctor Alex George and Roman Kemp who was capturing footage for his recently released documentary ‘The Fight For Young Lives’.
Samara has also appeared on Times Radio alongside the CEO of Young Minds to draw attention to the rolling End The Wait campaign and the implications of being turned away for treatment.
She has also been interviewed for a poignant Daily Express interview on discussing the societal pressures on young people’s mental health as well as being involved in the recent M&S and Young Minds partnership launch where she was interviewed by actress and singer Rochelle Humes.