I'm honoured to have been able to award the achievements of the graduates of the youth group UpRising in Birmingham alongside mental health charity Time To Change. They are a UK-wide youth leadership development organisation with a mission is to open pathways to power for talented young people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.
For this groups social action campaign, their aim was to remove the stigma around depression with young people in Birmingham. They used a variety of methods to try to change opinions on mental health stigma and be able to talk about depression in a open but light manner. This group actually created their own short film to discuss depression but further be able to no longer make it a taboo subject but bring it forward into the spotlight. By making it socially acceptable to be able to express feelings and experiences of depression, they hoped this would ultimately allow people to be able to openly discuss the illness and break the stigma surrounding it. I am truly honoured to be able to recognise and award such commendable work!
Further, I am truly honoured to be able to officially announce that I am now an ambassador for Time To Change and am working as a media champion, a media volunteer, in Birmingham. This is something that is so important to me and I am so grateful for this opportunity. My work with Time To Change is opening many doors with the mental health trust which will only fuel my desire to be able to work within this field - challenging perceptions of mental illness and supporting those through their experiences. Thank you Time To Change for allowing me to join you in achieving this common goal!
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