One in four adults and one in 10 children experience problems with their mental health.
Mental health impacts everyone either directly or indirectly: whether it’s impacted you via someone at work, college, school, a friend or family member, or you personally, everyone has experienced issues in regards to mental health. It’s part of human life, but it’s not something to be afraid of talking about.
It’s been just over a year since we launched our #WeCanWeWill young people’s mental health campaign! Thanks to everyone who’s supported us so far - together, #WeCanWeWill continue to change attitudes around mental health 💙 pic.twitter.com/u0XXh45YEI— Time to Change Wales (@TTCWales) November 27, 2018
A new piece of research released in October 2018 suggests that one in three young people are suffering from mental troubles such as depression, negative feelings or inability to focus. The pressures of school work, constant social media access and potentially other issues at home have been pointed to as the main contributors to these figures (Guardian, 2018).
1 in 3 young people have a mental health problem, new research by @actnforchildren has revealed https://t.co/f7xqjCg3qx— YoungMinds (@YoungMindsUK) October 19, 2018
This is a long-term issue for society to face, but in the short term, it is essential that attitudes towards mental health are changed and conversations about mental health are easier to initiate. Time to Change Wales is looking to empower people to have these conversations and one year ago, they launched the first young people’s mental health campaign: #WeCanWeWill. Blue Stag have had the honour of working on this campaign with them, and it has been awesome - this is a cause we are really passionate about and is dear to our hearts.
Time to Change Wales and their fantastic Champions have been working with schools and organisations to encourage conversations, change attitudes and reduce stigma about mental health. Alongside their Champions, they’ve been engaging with young people directly via social media and have reached over 1 million people and engaged 65k people online.
Here is some of the content and video we’ve helped to create for the campaign -
Together, #WeCanWeWill change the way people think and talk about mental health. Join the movement > https://t.co/BI041vfQIx pic.twitter.com/3biNyn5Iin— Time to Change Wales (@TTCWales) November 15, 2017
“Every time I stand on stage I get to release the build-up of stress from situations that are weighing me down.”— Time to Change Wales (@TTCWales) May 14, 2018
We’re changing the way people think about mental health problems. Read @TheHonestPoet8’s story -> https://t.co/CQaMuAFr70 #WeCanWeWill #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek pic.twitter.com/uFhr9iHFuc
Together, #WeCanWeWill end stigma and discrimination around mental health. Join the movement and show your support 💬👇https://t.co/acJSpyCS7N pic.twitter.com/d7FaKYcjRr— Time to Change Wales (@TTCWales) November 17, 2017
"I felt like he kind of saved my life ‘cause if he hadn’t told me to talk to someone, I don’t think I would be here today." - Stephen pic.twitter.com/od2MwmVswQ— Time to Change Wales (@TTCWales) November 25, 2017
Don’t give up on someone, even if they push you away sometimes... Bear with them 🐻 Together, #WeCanWeWill be there for each other https://t.co/BI041vfQIx pic.twitter.com/Lm3IVp9iLm— Time to Change Wales (@TTCWales) November 27, 2017
The Blue Stag team are looking forward to the year ahead and to continuing to battle mental health discrimination and encourage positive conversations. We’re so proud of what we’ve achieved with Time to Change Wales and can’t wait to build on our great work together.