Young People and Mental Health
Health, Young People

Spotlight on:
Young People and Mental Health

Our brand new format
I've been a fan of comics my whole life - and I particularly respect the genre's capacity to take on difficult stories. It can provide anonymity for people, or allow us to travel places, see sights and understand issues in a way we might not have otherwise. Right now, there are a lot of difficult stories - particularly because our human rights are under attack, and we need to see plainly what's at stake if we allow them to be taken away. There are so many issues but this year on Human Rights Day and for the holiday season, we wanted to focus on the impact of different factors on young people's mental health. I started talking to these young people over a year ago when we started the first comic project last summer. Every single young person I spoke to wanted to make a difference by sharing their stories, their experiences. They all hoped that someone else, someone like them who might read their story would not be so alone. Help us get these stories out there further by sharing the comic around, it could just be seen by someone who really needs to see it.
Sarah Wishart, Creative Director of EachOther

Our first comic - to be released slowly from 10 December to 4 January

If you need support - here's how to contact a range of different services that can help you right away

The Samaritans
The Samaritans

116 123 (freephone) We're waiting for your call Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Go to their website
HOPELineUK
HOPELineUK

HOPELineUK is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 and anyone who is concerned about a young person. Call: 0800 068 41 41 (open 9am-10pm Monday to Friday, 2pm-10pm weekends and bank holidays)

Go to their website
Galop
Galop

We support LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence National LBGTQ+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (open 10am-5pm Monday to Friday and 10am-8pm Wednesday and Thursday)

Go to their website
Mindinfoline
Mindinfoline

0300 123 3393 (open 9am-6pm Monday to Friday, except bank holidays) "We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect."

Go to their website
Rethink advice and information service
Rethink advice and information service

0300 5000 927 (open 9:30am-4pm Monday to Friday)

Go to their get help page
Refuge Phoneline
Refuge Phoneline

Refuge supports women,children & men experiencing domestic violence with a range of services. For support, call our helpline on 24-hour National Women’s Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Go to their website
Sane
Sane

0300 304 7000 (open 4:30pm-10:30pm daily) "We believe that no-one affected by mental illness should face crisis, distress or despair completely alone".

Go to their website
Emergency Services
Emergency Services

If you have taken an overdose or injured yourself badly, dial 999 immediately.

Government pages on emergency services
Childline
Childline

Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call us on 0800 1111, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

Go to their website

Mental health is a human right. The young people’s stories in these comic strips bring it unforgettably to life.

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These comic strips are an important snapshot of a moment in time. We want these comic strips to help people seek support if they need it, and know where to go for it.

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“If I could speak to a person who is feeling like I felt, I would advise you to get help before it gets to the point where you can’t.”

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"Don't give up on education. Give yourself as many opportunities as you can."

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We always love to try new methods of storytelling, and comics allow us to tell rich, nuanced, sensitive stories in a way that's not only accessible, but also incredibly visually striking.

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"If I were in charge I'd like to get people to look at alternative ways to deal with things. I know it's different for everyone."

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The release of our first comic strip is really exciting because it gives us another avenue to start conversations about difficult subjects and themes which might otherwise not have best suited film; it’s one more way we can tell others’ stories that are important to share.

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"It makes you feel like you're part of something, that you're not the only one struggling in this way and that there are others out there too."

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I'm so excited to see EachOther's next creative exploration take flight. We're always looking to expand the ways in which we share human rights issues with our audience and I think the comic strip will blow them away. It's a beautiful creation and it tells the story of young people and their mental health rights in an engaging way

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"My perspective is that if you make skilled work attractive then people don't go down other roads. Learn, train up, build things, fix things, expand your horizons."

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"I've learnt that it's not the case of trying to get over things, but more about understanding what isn't working, and trying to work on that. Or if things are playing on your mind, finding ways to manage it."

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