Mental Health Awareness Week

Full 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.

Stronger

Hannah was bullied so badly that eventually she had to change schools. Here she talks about her experiences, her thoughts on the bullies, and her recovery. And she has advice for anyone who has been bullied: "You're not a victim, you're a survivor".

Brave

Lots of us face challenges that no-one else can see. Mental health problems can be hard to understand, but just being there for a friend is the first step. Music and lyrics by Jessica Toogood.

Rollercoaster Life

Cordelia explains how she came to be diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, and what the two extreme moods, which define the condition, feel like when they strike.

From Harming Myself To Helping Others

Danni spent 10 years self-harming. Here she discusses overcoming her issues, and starting up an organisation to support girls who self harm, called Girls Xpress.

Self Harm Stories

An animation made by a group of young people, each with a story of self harm. With honesty and humour they share some advice and comfort to self harmers and their families.

Courtesy of Biomation.

The Perfect Body

Sam's life is turned upside down when he falls for the new girl at school. Convinced that she'll never notice him unless he has the perfect body, he hires a personal trainer. A short comedy drama about love, muscles and a lot of eating.

Feeling Down?

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.

My Psychosis

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.

Psychosis

"I've stopped seeing friends, I can't trust people, I don't know what's real..." How does psychosis make you feel? This animation helps you to recognise the signs so you can get the help you need.

Courtesy of Biomation.

Gains and Losses

What does it feel like to suffer from anorexia? Written and narrated by young people who have suffered with the eating disorder, this animation describes how it takes hold, how it feels, and how to fight back.

Courtesy of Biomation.

Not Just a Girl Problem

Anorexia affects men as well as women. Tom, who has suffered from anorexia, discusses why he became anorexic, the effect the disease had on his life, and how he is dealing with it today. He highlights the dangers of associating the disease exclusively with women.

Mental

The perceptions and consequent implications of mental illlness in today's society, particularly as a result of the media.

Mental Illnesses: Defined

This film presents official definitions of the most common and well-known mental illnesses, in a way which is clear and concise for young people.

What's Your Phobia?

Members of the public talk about their various phobias, rational and irrational, and how they are affected by them.