Annie, our Student Intern tells us more about #itaffectsme, a new mental health campaign …
Talking honestly about mental health for some is still a challenge. There is still a stigma that surrounds mental health and the battle to break this stigma continues. People often feel they can’t talk about their mental health, or if they do it will affect their career, or the way people look at them, but this is not the case. It’s important that people with mental health difficulties know that they can speak out, and they should, they are not alone, it affects everyone.
Breaking the stigma surrounding mental health
The most recent attempt to break this stigma was initiated by Laura Darrell, a 29 year old writer and actress. She is urging people to stick a post it note on their forehead with the hashtag itaffectsme and then take a selfie and post it on social media. The statement refers to the fact that everyone knows, or will know mental health at some point, and it does affect us all. The idea addresses the fact that we should have no prejudices about mental health.
What you can do
As a student myself I know the power of social media and just how long the student community spends scrolling through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram just to name a few. All you need to do to help is write ‘#itaffectsme’ on a post it note, or even a piece of paper, and stick it to your forehead (just holding some paper will suffice). Once you’ve done this, post the photo on your social media sites (don’t forget to add the actual hashtag too). Please also be sure to follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
Mind the mental health charity
Darrell is also encouraging people to make a donation to Mind, the well-known mental health charity when they share their selfie online. Mind are a great charity that provide help and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They strive to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. To donate £3 to mind please click here, or alternatively text SUPPORT 70660.
Selfie + post-it + donate on + share = #itaffectsme
If you are using Facebook
- Like studentlifecu
- Then share your selfie with us, or tag @studentlifecu
If you are using Twitter
- Follow @studentlifecu
- Tweet your selfie, and tag in @studentlifecu
Contacting Counselling, Health & Wellbeing
Watch our video and see for yourself that we have friendly and approachable staff. Staff who are able to listen to you non-judgmentally, in a safe and confidential space. Whatever it is you need help with please contact us – you can access our drop-in from Monday-Friday 3-3:45pm for a non-bookable, 10-15 minutes appointment to have an initial chat with us or, alternatively, please refer into our service by completing our referral questionnaire.
If you are worried about your health, we strongly advise you to make a GP appointment to discuss this. If you do not already have GP please contact Park Place Surgery.
Annie, Student Intern
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