An admin worker who has suffered with mental health issues since the age of four is urging others to recognise that ‘it’s sometimes okay to not be okay.’
Jessica Jayne from Leyland in Lancashire has created a film with Fixers that highlights the stories of three individuals and how they came to accept their mental ill health.
The 22-year-old says: ‘The reality is never talked about.
‘Throughout my life I have experienced a lot of issues with conditions like generalised anxiety disorder,
depression, OCD and trichotillomania.
‘I was constantly made to feel bad when I was experiencing ups and downs and I felt like I was failing. Nowhere did it say that it’s okay to be ill sometimes.
‘Getting your mental health in check doesn’t mean you’re going to be ‘fixed’ forever; mental wellbeing is something you have to constantly maintain.
‘It’s important to know that this is normal.’
You can view Jessica’s Fixers film “It's Okay Not to be Okay ~ Mental Health Stigma” at the top of this page.
‘I hope this film raises awareness about the reality of mental health.
‘If you are feeling bad it doesn’t mean things aren’t going to get better and it doesn’t mean you are failing.
‘I really hope people like this campaign and can relate to it.’
Jessica hopes to see her film widely shared and urges social media users to join in with the hashtag #ItsOkay2NotBeOk – this will accompany an online discussion taking place on Twitter at 5.30pm on Thursday 28th January.
‘If I’d have seen this campaign when I was younger it would have me feel less alone.
‘Stay strong. It’s okay to not be okay.’
To find other resources on this topic, and watch more Fixers films, click on the image below.