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As some of you probably know this week is Mental Health awareness week, with this year’s theme ‘surviving or thriving’.
Currently statistics show that nearly 1 in 10 young people aged 5 to 16 are affected by a Mental Health problem. This is one of the reasons I wanted to do something to help raise awareness and have done an assembly in front of my school every day this week with Ben who runs the NHS Break the Stigma Campaign. https://m.facebook.com/LetsBeOpenAboutMentalHealth/
I wanted to show that suffering from Mental Illness or poor Mental Health is nothing to ashamed of… It does not make someone any less of a person and asking for help is never a weakness – with it in my opinion actually one of the bravest things you can do.
If I were to go back to a year ago today things were very different for me, I was not attending school at all, I struggled to speak to my parents and when my best friends came to visit me in hospital I hid under the covers and cried because I was to anxious to see them. This week has shown me I am capable of anything and even though I struggle daily and have my own battles it won’t stop me from doing what I want to do to help others!!
I think my best advice to anyone is to reach out for help before it is too late. I made the mistake of letting things spiral before others had to step in and that’s something I wouldn’t want to happen to anyone else.
Whether it be a friend, teacher, helpline or a football coach it is so important that people don’t suffer in silence however small or big they think the problem is.
And even if it doesn’t affect you directly chances are you know someone, it could even be your parent, friend or maybe you don’t even know someone’s suffering.
So don’t be afraid to ask the question ‘are you ok’ because those three simple words can honestly go so far. Be trustworthy, Give the person space and if you’re concerned about someone ask for advice.
Take care of yourselves ☺️