“Your mental health is a priority. Your happiness is an essential. Your self-care is a necessity.”
To mark the importance of World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10th October, young people and creative arts organisations across East Sussex came together in the evening at Dv8 Sussex to share their thoughts and experiences around the issue of mental health.
Everyone spoke out and shared through spoken word, music, rap and art in a circle of acceptance where there was no judgement about themselves and their struggles. Just a safe space to speak freely and have their words heard.
We also also paid a heartfelt tribute to our Alumni Music student Jake Humm, a talented advocate for Room to Rant, Audio Active, YMCA and Dv8, who sadly passed away recently.
The evening was concluded with an energetic and inspiring performance from Dizraeli which had the entire room captivated.
We wanted to say a big thanks to Katie at YMCA for organising this event, and to all the other youth services and educators for coming together for such an important day. (Audio Active, BIMM, Art in Mind, Vincent Dance Theatre)
Just remember, mental health shouldn’t be a taboo subject. Its should be something we talk about regularly. Ask your family and friends how they are. If their response is “I’m fine” but their response concerns you, ask again, and make sure they really are okay. Let’s keep talking. Let’s keep sharing experiences. Let’s stay healthy. Let’s stay whole.
Quotes from young people on the night:
“I was filming the event but the speakers were so engaging that I found moments where I forgot to record! I felt comfortable to talk about sensitive subjects openly with all the people in the room. I ended up wanting to let out all things that bothered me.”
“I liked that the event brought lots of people together all of whom have felt loneliness at some point. The guests and arts organisations were really nice and the way they spoke made it feel like they weren’t even leading the session, just taking part.”