Better Than Your Bad Thoughts
The aim of the project was to breakdown the suffocating stigma associated with suicide and depression, so that teenagers can identify when something is wrong, and know that ‘help is only one conversation away whoever that may be with.’ In doing so, we wanted to promote an encouraging atmosphere which upholds enthusiasm, a healthy lifestyle, acceptance and inclusiveness. This strong focus on mental health is a first for our school community, therefore we wanted to create an accepting and non-judgemental environment where students could feel safe to talk to anyone. However, we did not wish to bombard kids with overwhelming facts as an abundance of information is not always received well by students and deemed ‘boring’ – so we took the happy-medium approach.
Rita, Andrew, Bill & Lucy