In case you hadn’t noticed, ThinkTwice is FIVE in August and over the month we are going to be featuring a number of articles to celebrate five years of raising awareness and dispelling stigma about mental health issues.
To kick things off, we thought we’d look back at five of our many many highlights!
5. Mental Health Prayer
When we began back in 2010, we had no idea that a group of students meeting to pray and think about mental health issues would become a national project! It’s where much of our material was written and piloted, and where we first began to dream of something that could make a difference for those struggling with mental illness and feeling like no-one understood.
4. Youthwork Summit 2013
This was amazing for us! Rachael was utterly petrified about speaking in front of 1000+ youth workers, but it was really the beginning of a whole new beginning, with opportunities to spread our message growing from it and seeing people (other than Rachael’s friends!) begin to grasp the ThinkTwice vision. You can watch her talk “Dealing with Your Dark Side” here.
3. ThinkTwice Cafe Concert
Our first fundraising event was a great deal of work but great fun! We covered the LST student lounge in bunting, and enjoyed amazing music with all the songs exploring themes in mental health. From “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” to “How to Save a Life” it was such a fantastic evening.
2. S.O.S Campaign
The Speaking of Suicide campaign was our first foray into campaigns, articles in Fusion and Threads as well as being on Premier and UCB to challenge the way people speak about suicide; losing the language of the criminal justice system and instead recognising that suicide is a tragedy for all those involved – but it’s a tragedy that can be prevented!
1. First ThinkTwice Course
The first course we ran at Emmanuel Church Northwood was our biggest highlight – it was the culmination of four years preparation – but not only that but it was amazing to see people grow in confidence to approach mental health issues and help create a community willing to help. We are so looking forward to returning again this year!
Thank you so much for your support so far, here’s to the next 5 years! #ThinkFive