May is here, which means that Mental Health Awareness Week will be taking place, which means that we will be focusing on Mental Health here at Young People Insight. Mental health is incredibly important, but it has been neglected and not taken seriously enough for a long time. There continues to be a lot of stigma around the topic, making the continuous focus on it so essential.
We need to do more to take care of our mental health, whether that is through taking a day off when necessary to avoid burnout, expressing ourselves through artistic means, like poetry, or taking the time to talk to someone when struggling. Suffering in silence is never something anyone should do.
It is also necessary to keep talking about our mental health, so during this month in particular, we would love to get your voices on mental health up on the blog. We want to publish your poems, personal experiences and thought pieces, so email us at firstname.lastname@example.org throughout the month.
Our focus on Mental Health will begin at The Kickback, which will surely be another deep and insightful conversation. With a suggestion from Jessica, we decided to focus on Depression this year, so we will be joined by Mind in Croydon, who will be starting and contributing to the discussion.
We’ll be back at Project B from 6.30-8.30pm on the 21st May, so get all the information in your calendar now, and tell a friend to tell a friend. We want as many of you to be involved in the conversation as possible, especially with exams coming up. Register for now: bit.ly/letstalkmentalhealth19
Poetic Insight will also see the return of the Mental Health theme, which is always a deep and very special night of poetry and spoken word. This is a chance to let it all out of your mind, let the realness show and be beautifully vulnerable with an understanding, supportive group of people. If you want to share poetry or spoken word on the night, please email email@example.com, but if getting on stage isn’t your thing, you can send us your poems to post here on the blog.
This is a night you do not want to miss, so get the 28th May at 7-9pm in Urban XChange Bar and Grill in your calendars now. If you just want to be a part of the audience, get your free tickets now: bit.ly/poeticinsight-mentalhealth19
Our founder, Shaniqua, was also a guest on The Outspoken Podcast, hosted by our very own YP Insight Family member, Annotate, speaking about Young People Insight becoming a CIC, Poetic Insight, spoken word and a whole lot more. You can listen now on SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify and Castbox. Let us know what you think in a comment or on social media.
All that’s left to say is that we hope the month of May is good for you and that we will see you at one of your events this month, or that you’ll at least listen to the podcast. Take the time to look after your mental health and remember that we love you always.