Brighton5 teens on Brighton seafront
Make (Good) Trouble
is a social enterprise, set up in reaction to the growing problems young people are facing – there is a mental health crisis that is showing no sign of going away. It is a crisis that is particularly affecting girls – one in four has depression before they are 14.

Make (Good) Trouble brings local teenagers together to create
and produce audio and video content that is distributed through schools, colleges, online and on social media. Teens share their stories in a positive, creative and safe environment to gain an understanding of issues that affect their mental health such as device addiction, self harm and negative body image. They learn skills in production, animation and music. They build relationships and work with expert adult mentors. We are determined to make positive change.

Latest stories

We’re endorsing the Mental Health Media Charter

We’ve just signed up to Natasha Devon’s brilliant initiative, the Mental Health Media Charter. Launched in 2017, it is a set of seven guidelines for reporting and talking about mental health in the media and online. You can read the guidelines in full here – they’re not just good standards for the media, but for anyone talking about mental health. Signing up to the charter...

Why Your Parents Are Driving You Up the Wall…

Make (Good) Trouble’s mission is to help break down the barriers between teens and adults, to put paid to the myth that teenagers are just sullen, snowflakey beings that need to “grow up”, “pipe down” or “behave”. A brand new book – out today – really chimes with our purpose. ‘Why Your Parents Are Driving You Up the Wall and What To Do About It’ is a brand new book written for teenagers by...

Raising Teens returns this Autumn

Raising Teens is back for a second series in Autumn 2019 with a further eight one hour shows covering the issues that are concerning parents today. Guy Lloyd will be back with us as host, and Lola, our roving teen reporter will be joined by new recruit Kya McCartney, 18. We’ll be covering everything from alcohol and anger to self-harm and loneliness. Plus we’ll be re-visiting the...

Social media – brand new names

We’re changing our social media name on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to reflect our company name. So it’s goodbye @TheBrighton5 and hello @wemakegoodtrouble and @makegoodnews! For Twitter and Instagram, it’s merely a change to our handle, so if you’re following us there already, there’s no need to do anything. You’ll still hear all our news. Unfortunately...

Make (Good) Trouble nominated for Start-Up of the Year

Make (Good) Trouble: Start-Up of the Year nominee at the Brighton & Hove Business Awards We’re chuffed to bits to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for Start-Up of the Year in the Brighton & Hove Business Awards. The winners are announced on 25 July, so fingers crossed! As a fledgling community interest company, we’ve worked our socks off in the last year to bring...

‘Raising Teens’ highlights the positive

Once again mental health is on the front pages of the papers and it reminded me that our recently concluded radio series, Raising Teens, on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey has highlighted the positive. In episode after episode, the teenagers we spoke to showed themselves to be eloquent and possessing the language and knowledge to speak up about mental health. As one listener said of the teens featured...

Raising Teens – we’d love your feedback

Now that our eight-part radio series, Raising Teens, is done and dusted, we’re gathering feedback to make sure that our next effort hits the mark. In this series we covered everything from school stress and sleep to resilience and body image, with parents, teens and experts discussing their experiences and offering tips and advice. If you missed any episodes, you can find them all here. If...

Mental Health Awareness Week. What a week!

Mental Health Awareness week was celebrated across the UK – hurray. We witnessed some pretty spectacular things, not least the axing of The Jeremy Kyle show. Our management team all worked in TV prior to setting up Make (Good) Trouble and we wonder if this is the start of a media revolution, to create content with GOOD intention instead of this bear-baiting, revolting chase for ratings. Axe...

Online Harms White Paper – Our View

The new government White Paper on online harmswas published yesterday and aims to help protect young and vulnerable people from content that could cause harm online.  “The White Paper proposes establishing in law a new duty of care towards users, which will be overseen by an independent regulator. Companies will be held to account for tackling a comprehensive set of online harms...

The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

On Saturday 9 March, we held an event in Brighton as part of International Women’s Day celebrations and the Spring Forward Festival organised by the brilliant ‘She Says’, a global creative network for women.  Daisy Cresswell, Make (Good) Trouble Daisy Cresswell, founder of Make (Good) Trouble spoke about the teenage brain from a neurological perspective and how understanding the biology of...

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