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Meet Lou Lambert, @loulambert_99, a patient advocate from London, UK

Updated: Aug 21, 2023

“I got involved in youth advocacy because of my own personal experience of being a young person diagnosed with a chronic condition. I was diagnosed at 15 with lupus, which is an autoimmune condition. There was not a lot of support for me to access when I was diagnosed and there wasn't a lot of understanding from medical professionals about how the delivery of my diagnosis had affected me.

I firmly believe that young people with chronic conditions aren't taken seriously in regard to their mental health. So I started to get involved with organizations including @lupus_uk and @your_rhuem. I have recently been involved with doctors from The Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre for Children, at @EATC4children, in a treat-to-target project where I provide a patient’s perspective to the international task force trying to change the approach to treating lupus.

It’s so important that young people are given a voice and opportunities to share their ideas. It’s vital that there be a greater awareness of young people with chronic conditions and that young people understand the conditions and how these conditions can negatively impact their mental health.

If I was the leader of my country, I would invest a lot more in the mental health and well-being of young people who are diagnosed with lifelong chronic conditions. I would promote more awareness around the difficulties that these young people encounter and how as a society we can be more mindful and inclusive.”

Do you have a story of a young person like Lou who is advocating for the health and well-being of youth? Share it online #1point8 and tag @1point8billion.

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