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Joining in with Bucks Big Chat Awareness Day is a fun and easy way to help us tackle stigma to ensure that everybody with a mental health condition is treated with respect and receives the help they may need.

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Champion the Change hosts a Bucks Big Chat awareness event four times a year, with the aim of encouraging people to talk more openly about mental health.

Please watch this space for details of our next Bucks Big Chat.

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Our last Bucks Big Chat was held on 29th February 2024, during Eating Disorders Awareness Week (28th Feb to 3rd March).

The event, via Zoom, was aimed at parents and people who work with children and young people. We were delighted that Tessa Peters gave a talk about Lived Experience with Eating Disorders. This was followed by Q&A and discussion.

Tessa has experienced body image issues since she was a young child, which left her feeling alone and misunderstood. She has since founded a charity that provides support to help people cope with body image issues.

Please watch a recording of the talk below.

** Trigger warning: Please be aware, eating disorders are discussed in this video.**

Lived Experience with Eating Disorders by Tessa Peters

You can still get involved in between our Awareness Days

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It would be great to get conversations started with family, friends and colleagues about how stigma can make us feel and ways in which we think we can challenge negative attitudes.

Free Anti-Stigma Resources for Bucks Schools

Bucks Mind’s Children and Young People Team has created some Champion the Change resources that aim to encourage children, parents and school staff to start conversations to help identify and challenge stigma. We have different activities to suit the different age groups, such as guided workshops and videos. If your own children or a relative’s/friend’s children attend a Bucks school, please ask their school to sign up.

To get in touch or to find out more, please contact Isobel, our Champion the Change Hub Coordinator, at [email protected] or through our Contact Form.

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