5:20pm Wednesday 5th June 2013
BUDDING entrepreneur Vasima Adam has grabbed the interest of the NHS with plans to improve mental health services for teenagers.
The 20-year-old Blackburn College student was awarded £1,930 after coming up with an idea to create a support network for youngsters aged between 16 and 18.
Vasima, of Dukes Brow, submitted her business plan to the Coffeemat Challenge, a scheme which is used by universities to encourage students to come up with social enterprise ideas.
The plans were voted on through social media, with the finalists interviewed by a panel of local business leaders and entrepreneurs.
The applied psychology degree student said there was a ‘gap in the market’ for mental health services for young people, and the NHS has since been in touch with her mentor Nick Hall about the idea.
Vasima said: “I have got a plan in place month by month and, for the first months, it will be establishing seminars and workshops and then leaflets and fundraising.”
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