Time to Change Young Champions Training

In September I attended the Time to Change training weekend for Young Champions. The night before and most of the journey down I was very nervous about attending. Everything seemed to be trying to stop me from attending, from not being able to collect my train tickets, my contactless card not being read by the tube, going to a different station than I had planned and then getting lost. But having been to previous Time to Change events I knew it would be an amazing weekend and I was determined to get there!

From the moment I arrived I felt welcome and safe. I can’t describe what it feels like to be in a room full of 80 young people all with lived experience of mental illness. It is incredibly inspiring to hear other young peoples journeys through their mental illness, whatever stage they may be at.

As a Young Champion I will be sharing my own experience online and in schools, sharing posts about mental health and its importance and also raising awareness of the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

There were many tears and moments when  I heard other peoples stories and thought ‘I remember those days/that feeling’. But there were also so many happy moments and as a result I was able to reflect on where I am now and how I have got here. To be able to sit and eat lunch in the sunshine, chat about my experiences and listen to others stories. I also felt able to take 5 minutes out to get a cup of tea when I just needed some time. Both things a few years ago would never have happened.

Throughout October I will be posting updates about what I am doing as a Young Champion and how you can get involved so please check back 🙂

 

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StoryCamp #1

On Thursday I will be attending StoryCamp, a day of workshops organised by the charity Time to Change. Time to Change is a charity tackling mental health stigma and discrimination. Everyone has mental health, just like we have physical health. However, often people do not talk about their mental health and struggle to get the help they deserve, through misunderstanding and fear of what other people may think. One in ten young people will experience a mental health problem.

I am very excited to have the opportunity to meet many young people who are also interested in mental health and hearing their stories. I will be sharing my own experiences, something which will be new to me. I know it will be a fantastic day and my nerves will pass as soon as the day begins.

I will be posting an update of the day on here next week but if you’d like to follow us on the day please check out #StoryCamp and this StoryCamp. This is the start of a new journey, a new range of blog posts and hopefully I will learn a lot along the way.

Talking about mental illness can be difficult, as can supporting someone through their journey of recovery. It can be incredibly scary at first and full of ‘what if’s…’. What if I’m not good enough? What if I am too fat/too thin? What if they think badly of me? I am sure everyone knows these questions.

So here is a little quote to remind you that you are enough & you are amazing 🙂

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