With numerous pressures including exams, coursework and UCAS applications, full-time education can cause many young people to feel stressed and anxious.
So a woman from Stirling has created a poster with Fixers to encourage young people going through high school and university to take a ‘mental health pause’ if they need one.
Rebecca Peat hopes that her poster will help to combat mental health issues and encourage young people to make sure they are taking care of themselves.
‘It’s okay to take a pause and think about your mental health,’ says the 22-year-old.
‘I decided to create this poster with the help of Fixers to share techniques and activities that have helped me get through some of the worst moments in my life, and to create a community where everyone can know they are not alone in this.’
Titled ‘Give Yourself a Little Space for Your Mental Health’, the solar system-themed poster features a number of tips to help young people who might be having a hard time.
You can view it below.
All of the activities have been tried and tested by Rebecca, who now works for the British Council in Canada.
They include creating a playlist of songs to improve your mood, watching funny videos on YouTube and taking part in picture challenges on social media.
‘Search for hashtags and join in. For example, I have done #100DaysOfHappy, where you post a picture every day of something that has made you happy,’ says Rebecca.
Suggesting another activity, she adds: ‘Thinking of a stressful situation that made you angry or upset. Blow all that in to a balloon. Fill it up until it’s bursting. Try to think of a solution or something to make you feel better and then release the balloon.’
Rebecca launched her campaign at the 2017 Scottish Senior Section Guide Camp at the Auchengillan Outdoor Centre.
One member of the audience said: ‘The information is very clear and concise and easy to read.
‘It's useful for all age groups and could be used by a Rainbow Guide or a Senior Section member. This is usually very difficult to do but Rebecca has worded her poster well to incorporate everyone.’
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