Don’t Bottle It Up Campaign- Sydney

Today sees the launch of Sydney who represents Anxiety

As part of mental health awareness week, student Imogen Leslie is designing a poster campaign targeting young people.  Sydney is the last character of 4 being launched this week.

When designing this character Imogen said:  "I experience anxiety a lot. The feeling to me is butterflies in the stomach and my heart flutters in my chest. This is why she has butterfly wings."

Loren Manson- Youth Worker says: “This is a campaign I am hugely proud of.  We hope from this campaign the messages to young people are to share their emotions and not to be afraid of that.  “Don’t bottle things up”.  Early interventions are best for maintaining good levels of school attendance and reducing isolation.  We want mental health to be a regular conversation at home over the tea table.  Quite often children show physical signs, which can be misinterpreted as being a bug or sickness.  This is a good reminder to families and staff that sometimes it is coming from somewhere else.”

Tomorrow there will be an event open to invitees at Islesburgh at 1.30-3pm.  It will be the opportunity to see all the posters, together with a presentation on how this project came about, what impact it has had during this week and how it can continue in the future. Other organisations who also work with young people will be displaying information about what their services can offer the young people of Shetland. This will be followed in true Shetland tradition with tea and home bakes!


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