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WOMEN UNITE: Let's talk

WOMEN UNITE CAMPAIGN

‘Celebrating and manifesting the power of female energy’
On International Womans Day this year we launched our WOMEN UNITE campaign to celebrate and manifest the power of female energy. We released a series of graphics that were created alongside illustrator Sophie Brampton and created a jacket to be sold through our website to raise awareness and funding for the Young Womens Trust.
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Our second instalment of the Women Unite campaign is a video to encourage the start of conversations about mental health and the building of support systems for young women. Experts now say that young women have become a “high risk group” when it comes to mental illness, a quarter of young woman admit to be suffering with their mental health. With rising pressures from social media, women are feeling increasingly disconnected in an extremely connected world. 

 

Nicole Krystal Crentsil, Public speaker | Host | Tedx speaker

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I think having a support system is so important for young women and their wellbeing ... as humans we need to be around people, we need to feel connected, we need to feel like we are part of a tribe or a family.” - Nicole @nkrystal_
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What advice do you have for women struggling with their mental health?
Know that it is okay that you may not feel that everything is okay. You are not dealing with this alone, you are not the only one that has had to deal with this in the whole of human race, and that is important to know. It is also important to seek help, to seek the right help, and to know how to vocalise what is going on, even if it seems ludicrous or out of this world and difficult to explain it, there are so many different ways that you can break it down and it is important to break that down to the right people who can support and help you with what ever you need to go through. 
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Know that your feelings are valid and that they are not going to be turned down by people because they exist, you exist, and knowing that in a world where everything around you is constantly trying to tell you different things about who you should be and shouldn't be, to always stay true to yourself because there is only you in this whole entire world, and you are important. Know that you and your existence is valid and whatever is happening in your life, talk about, seek the right help and believe in yourself. 
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What is your spirit animal? 
Probably a cheetah because their super fast & I really wanted to be a Cheetah Girl when I was younger. 
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What is your favourite song right now?
I've been listening to a lot of neo-soul and gospel but Hiatus Kaiyote and Daniel Cesar get endless spins. 
What would you do if you were Prime Minister for one day? 
I would fire & in-prison everyone involved in the Grenfell fire & lock up Boris Johnson
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Why did you agree to be part of the project? 
I agreed to be on this project because I think it's so important for women & girls to support one another when it comes to discussing our mental health & also I'd move mountains for Suzan because what she's doing is amazing & I love Elsie&Fred as a brand! All the women involved are super cool & doing amazing things! 
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Teisha Matthews, Electronic Music Artist 
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As women we go through so much. We are already fighting against society with these pressures to look good and to be a certain ways, to be feminine, that we need to be supporting each other and not against each other.”  - Teisha Matthews  @tshamusic
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What advice do you have for women struggling with their mental health?
Find people that you can relate to and that can help you as well. It is so important to go to the doctor as well, there are different ways of dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health problems, even if it is medication to help you get off the hardest part. I personally had medication when I was in a difficult spot and there is a lot of stigma around it but it helped me out of a very dark hole so that I was able to then seek therapy and actually work on my problems from within. 
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So I think seeking help and reaching out to other people because there are other people that feel that way as well and this will help you feel like you are not alone. 
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What is your spirit animal? 
Some sort of cat or goat lol. 
Because I'm always curled up like a cat and I can be quite sassy. Or a goat because I'm hardy, I'm a survivor.
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Favourite song?
I can't pick a fav song right now I love so many, maybe something by Four Tet, I've been listening to him a lot the past couple of weeks. 
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What would you do if you were Prime Minister for one day? 
I would put more money into the NHS and fix the benefits system so that people struggling or who are unwell can get better. 
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Why did you agree to be part of the project? 
Because we need to talk more about mental health, we need to support each other, especially as females as we already have so many obstacles and things against us. Plus no one should ever feel alone in this as I know what it's like. 
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Jasmin Kaur Sehra, Painter | Creative | Radio Host
jasminsehra.com
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A lot of the time it was quite a taboo subject to be talking about mental health at home, in the South-East Asian community not a lot of people talk about mental health, so speaking about it at home was like ‘Woah.’” - Jasmin @jasminsehra
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What advice do you have for women struggling with their mental health?
Don't be afraid of how you are feeling. Communicate always. Write down what you think if you feel like you can't approach someone or don't have that confidence. Writing down what you are feeling is a form of communication, even if you only use it for yourself. 
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Penny Jarrett, Blogger | Youth Leader | Mentor
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I think there is such a buzz you get from feeling like you are the only person going through something and feeling like you are odd for going through it, and then to have someone else explain it exactly how it feels, it is uplifting.” Penny @pennybelle
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What advice do you have for women struggling with their mental health?
If you are not feeling good, and you are feeling a bit out of line, and things are not really going your way and you are just struggling or your brain is just in a mess, eradicate things out of your life that might distract you from focusing on getting better or fixing that thing. Whether it is habits that distract you or hold you back or social events that drain you and don't actually make you feel good. Concentrate on yourself for a little while - yeah, it helps! 
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What are you up to today? 
I am at work, lunch time gym session in action as we speak. After work I'm speaking about mindful eating at a Wagamama event. 
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Why did you agree to be part of the project? 
I agreed to do this because I will do almost anything to raise awareness about mental health issues after being diagnosed so late myself. 
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