Keep Calm And Love Life
KEEP CALM AND LOVE LIFE
A campaign concept from Cardiff University Mental Wealth Group
In the UK around 2,000 young people under the age of 35 take their own lives each year.
Some of them are students.
And suicide doesn’t just affect the individual involved; instead it leaves behind a trail of bewildered and devastated friends and family.
SO WHAT CAN BE DONE?
We cannot stop suicide from occurring; it has always been part of our society. But there is sufficient evidence prevention and intervention can go a long way in helping somebody STOP from making the decision to take that final irreversible step.
STIGMA: Students with experience of suicidal thoughts at Cardiff University have indicated that there was sufficient shame and anxiety in discussing their suicidal intentions with others due to fear of being dismissed as overly-dramatic or being forced into situations where they were constantly under surveillance. This relates to discussions with both friends and mental health professionals.
THERE IS A NEED TO TACKLE THESE ISSUES ACROSS UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES IN A STUDENT-FRIENDLY WAY.
Project proposal: KEEP CALM AND LOVE LIFE.
AIMS: 1)To initiate self-worth and higher levels of self-esteem we want to ask students to think of the reasons why they are alive and what benefits they bring to this world that nobody else can.
HOW WE ARE GOING TO DO THIS:
1) Ask students to answer the simple question ‘why did you get out of bed this morning?’ Was it to see your friends, go to your lectures, go on a night out etc? Ask students to record these on camera, place these on our website, facebook twitter etc.
2) Ask students to write these and place on boards around the SU.
3) Do the same thing for the question ‘what do you do for others that is unique?’ ie are you good at making people laugh and smile etc, again camera, fb. Twitter.
See the Powerpoint Presentation for more! http://www.slideshare.net/mentalwealthuk/keep-calm