Mental Health Awareness WeekFull Calendar
13th May 2019
Reply With A Full Stop If You Get This
Emily is a poet and a teacher, and has bipolar disorder. It's a mental health illness that means she can feel very down or very up for no reason whatsoever. With eloquence and humour she describes how it feels, how she manages it, and how she'd like society to be more understanding and accepting of mental health disorders.
A film by Adam Tyler.
Nominated in the Content for Change category at the BAFTA Children's Awards 2018.
It's normal to feel down sometimes, but if it goes on for a long time it could be depression or "low mood". One in eight teenagers suffer from depression, so there's no need to feel alone. Here are some pointers to help you recognise the signs and some advice on how to get better.
Courtesy of Biomation
The Stress Bag
Stressed out? Everyone gets stressed, but some people cope with it better than others - it's like having a bag of stress which can only take so much, and we all have different sized bags. This film helps you to recognise the signs of stress and what to do about it.Courtesy of Biomation.
Out Of The Abyss
Oliver struggled with depression throughout his teens, and enhanced his problems with alcohol and drugs. Here he talks about getting over his depression and how great his life is now compared to how it used to be. Oliver attributes his success to his friends and family, and has little faith in the medication that is given to sufferers of depression in England.
Although the doctors do not blame his drugs habit for his psychosis, in this video Jamal explains why he disagrees with them. He argues that smoking excessive weed for a long period of time tipped him over the edge and created a socially dangerous monster out of him, eventually leading to him being hospitalised.
Mental Health Awareness Week is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.