Neve Anderson, 17, from Hylton Redhouse, started competing in beauty pageants last year and has since used her platform to launch a mental health campaign to raise money for charity Mind UK.
The young fundraiser also left notes on the Queen Alexandra Bridge and in Barnes Park in hopes of preventing suicide and lifting the spirits of those in need.
Neve launched her campaign while working for her dream title of Royal Miss UK Teen which will see her fly to Orlando, Florida to compete internationally if she is crowned the winner in August.
Last year Neve raised £459 by organizing bake sales, charity walks and raffles and earlier this year she raised £174 for charity Mind UK.
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She said: “I started competing last year to build my confidence and really enjoyed that, so now as a finalist I want to give back and raising awareness about mental health is something I’m passionate about.
“People close to me have felt suicidal and so many young people are taking their own lives, it’s heartbreaking.
“I just want to try to help as much as I can, hopefully the notes I left will let people know someone cares. There are organizations that can help out.”
Neve has also held “Wellness Wednesday” events on her social media account to raise awareness about mental health issues.
She added: “It’s so important for people to talk about things they struggle with and I hope to shed some light on those issues.”