Spot the Signs - Adnabod yr Arwyddion

What is the injustice we are solving?
A project aiming to ensure that everyone can spot the signs of mental illness in children and young people.

We currently do this by delivering interactive workshops which are currently aimed at years 7-9s in schools, to educate them on different mental illnesses and to show that it can affect ANYONE. There is a focus on teaching them some of the signs you can look out for to know that somebody might be struggling, and how to deal with that situation. We would like to be able to expand the project to deliver workshops to young and older age groups as well as delivering training to teachers, parents and professionals.

The project was founded when one of our volunteers, Naomi decided that something needed to be done to make sure that people could spot the signs of mental illness. At the age of 14 she had started suffering with a anxiety and panic attacks but nobody picked up on the signs - this meant that she suffered alone for over a year before she felt able to tell anyone. Childline were the first people she told and from there things started to improve as she gained the confidence to be able to tell those around her what she had been going through. Naomi doesn't want anyone to have to go through what she went through and so has founded this project to try and change that.

Our aim is to bilingually educate people to spot the signs of mental illness or poor mental health in young people whilst allowing young people's voices and views to be central to our development. We also are providing information on our website for those of you in areas we cannot reach so that everyone can learn to spot the signs of mental illness. We hope you can all support us on our mission - led by young people who are experts by experience!
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Adrian B.

February 21, 2018

Hi Naomi!

Thanks so much for posting this project. Educating people about what mental illnesses can look/sound/feel like is so important. I love this project!

The next step is for you to submit your compassionate insight. Why do you think people don't spot the signs of mental illnesses? It can help to answer this question by interviewing not only people who have had these experiences (like yourself), but also people who cause this injustice, and people who are also working to solve the problem. Here are some resources on how to do that:

I'm also happy to think through with you any resources you might need--I have lots of articles on these topics (many that go into intersecting identities and how they impact mental health--have you been thinking about varying cultural expressions of mental illnesses?), and know of a number of cool organizations doing this work too. Just let me know if that would be useful, or if there are other ways we can support your work!

Thanks so much for doing this. We're excited to see this project grow!