Students video to raise awareness


Ten students from Vandyke Upper School created a video to stop the the stigma associated with mental illness.

They are part of a group of 14 teenagers, aged 16 and 17, taking part in the National Citizens Service (NCS) project.

NCS is a government organisation set up to teach young people life skills and to help the community.

Chloe Benning, 16, of Sandhills, is part of the group who wanted to raise awareness of metal illnesses and stop the stigma associated with them.

The group created a website about the project and what they hoped to achieve and they got the hashtag, #StopTheStigma, trending on Twitter, with comedian Jimmy Carr supporting their campaign.

They filmed a video from the point of view of someone who has depression talking about how the stigma associated with mental illness affects them.

Chloe said: “We did a lot of research and all worked really hard on the website and video.

“We learnt that one in four people suffer with a mental illness during their lifetime, many suffer alone, through fear of being judged, we are on a mission to change that.

“We want to make people aware of how people with mental illnesses feel.

“The message we want to send out is that no matter what mental illness a person has, they should not be treated differently to anyone else.”

The teenagers are also working with MK Dons and Education Trust on the project, which has now ended.

The group hopes to continue raising awareness with more videos and raise money for MIND, a mental health charity.

Chloe said: “We are hoping to have a stall at the Milton Keynes fun day and raise money for the charity.”

The video will be available on youtube and their website,