Bucks Big Chat
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.
Our next Bucks Big Chat awareness day is on 23rd September 2021 and is themed ‘How does stigma make us feel?’. The aim is to raise awareness of how negative attitudes towards low mental health can lead to feelings of shame and isolation.
If you or your service users would like to get involved, here are some ways to join in to help end mental health stigma!
How does stigma makes us feel video – Would you like to join in?
We will be making a video made of photos of Champion the Change Champions and Bucks Mind service users holding a piece of paper with one word written on it that describes how stigma makes them feel (as shown below). We know that one of the very best ways we can end stigma is through education and personal stories that illustrate how much of an impact stigma can have on people’s lives.
Help Us Share How Stigma Makes You Feel
If you would like to say how stigma makes you feel but you would rather not have a photo of yourself, would you like to give a short quote instead? We could use your quote on our social media to illustrate the impact negative attitudes have on us. You don’t have to use your name on the quote either.
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
The Bucks Mind CYP team have 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.