#BeyondSelfCare: young creators changing the way we think about mental health
Stories and perspectives surrounding Mental Health have been discussed in #younginitiators workshops and youth-led projects accross Melbourne all year. Phuong wrote about her own exploration, here and her crew in Casey created an event recently that looked at the topic of Mental Health as one of their key points of discussion in their ‘Speak-Up Summit’.
It seems like it’s a theme being dissected in alternative ways in other parts of the world, too. In California, ‘YR Media’ is a platform that started #BeyondSelfCare, which, as Justina Sharp explains, aims ‘to change the way we think about mental health through a mix of reporting, personal essays, Q+As, resources, and illustrations—even a playlist called “Songs to be Sad to.” By sharing our stories, we’re fighting the sense of isolation that too often comes with navigating mental health options.’
Now that Mental Health is beginning to have more of a public face through an online presence, YR Media has been holding space for nuanced perspectives on the ways mental health services can fail black communities and how those systems need to change. Another essay looks at social media’s feedback loops, direct experiences in a psych ward, and many more. This collective gathering of stories aims to draw the dots between similar experiences whilst embracing differences, and the volume of these voices is a call to action to improve care systems. It also serves as a place to back others up; there are tips, conversations with experts and opinion pieces aimed at asking questions that haven’t often had a platform for discussion before.
“Sharing our stories is a first step towards improving the systems we depend on for support, shedding shame, and sparking connection. #BeyondSelfCare is about communicating that just because something is “all in your head” doesn’t mean it’s not real or worth talking about. With YR Media, we’re showing it’s just the opposite.”- Justina, YR Media.
Read more, here.
“ It is okay not to feel happy all the time. You are taking care of yourself when you try to understand why you think and feel a certain way.” - Phuong, Young Initiator. Read her post, here.