Monday, 2 June 2014

Make Time for Friends: Time to Change

I was very fortunate to attend a Time to Change event last week - focusing on Mental Health, Young People and the Media.

Four young people spoke openly and bravely about their experience of mental illness - and were able to share how they felt mental illness was portrayed in the media. I was in the audience along with other 16-25 year olds and several journalists / TV / soap writers. Anna Williamson chaired the discussion. A panel of TV writers also discussed how they try to portray the on-screen fictional characters with real mental health problems, which are commonly seen in real life. 

We were shown this video - do watch - very thought provoking:

Lunch was delicious (we were at the very swanky Hospital Club) and we were given the chance to network - I met some super people (very good opportunity to give out a few of my new cards..!) - all showing great interest in raising awareness of mental health issues. It was particularly great to meet Sue Baker - the CEO of Time to Change. 

Long may the great work of Time to Change continue...

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