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Prime Minister David Cameron

A Belfast student behind an arts-based mental health programme has received a Points of Light award from Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mogue Lawless (21) from Queen's University, Belfast, is the 123rd winner of the volunteering award developed by the British Government.

The programme honours shining examples of volunteering across the country.

Mogue, originally from Milton Keynes, set up an initiative called Start Talking, which uses art to promote the importance of keeping healthy in mind and body.

He was inspired to take action after being diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and finding limited support for people his age. So far the programme has helped more than 2,000 young people.

Mogue said: "I hope that Start Talking has been a great platform to raise awareness for the important issue of mental health in young adults."

Belfast Telegraph