The #DontPanicButton Campaign.
If anyone has read an article of mine here on Tea Break titled ‘Anxiety Self Care’ you will know that I am an Anxiety sufferer. Recently, the mental health charity Mind, in collaboration with vlogger Zoe Sugg otherwise known as Zoella, started the #DontPanicButton Campaign. Zoe, who is also an anxiety and panic attack sufferer, teamed up with Mind to be their digital ambassador, and to be part of the campaign all you need to do is wear a red button. Simple! Whether you experience anxiety on a regular basis yourself, have a family member/friend who is a sufferer or if you are a general supporter of speaking out about anxiety and mental health – be a part of this campaign! The idea is designed around changing perceptions of a big red button from a symbol of panic to making it a symbol of positivity and solidarity. I got mine from Button Boutique in the Malcom Arcade on Cank Street in town for 19p each for my two coats, an absolute bargain, right? All it took was 38p and a needle and thread to show much needed support. I hope one day I’m walking down the street and someone sees my little red button on my coat and just gives me a knowing nod or even comes up to me – then I’ll know that people are gathering together and becoming knowledgeable about this campaign. My contribution towards the #DontPanicButton campaign! Mental illness in general is not spoken about and is something that is often hidden away, most people feel as though it doesn’t really exist or is not legitimate. This is a stigma that Mind is consistently working towards eliminating. Through their work they are providing information for sufferers and non-sufferers alike about mental illness. Please feel free to check out their website in order to get more information; they provide advice for people with mental illnesses, advice for you if you know someone with a mental illness and also information about how to get involved and their other campaigns (http://www.mind.org.uk/) Mind Zoe released a statement along with the introduction of her as the new online ambassador for Mind (http://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/zoella-becomes-first-digital-ambassador-for-mind/#.VDv0dfldVqU ) “I am passionate about the need for everyone to feel ok to speak out, to talk to friends and family about what they’re going through, to ask for help. That’s why I’m thrilled to be taking on my new role as Digital Ambassador at Mind. It’s an opportunity to raise further awareness and to work with a charity I love.” She also states, “the overwhelming response I’ve received every time I’ve spoken out online, shows just how many young people confront it every day”. This is something that happens, this is something that we need to be worried about rather than it being swept under the rug – this is something that happens to a lot more people than you might think. So if by just going out and buying a big red button and sewing it to your coat gets people thinking and talking about not just anxiety but mental illness in general, then 38p really isn’t all that bad at all is it?
Rachael Atkinson Millmoor