On Friday I went to London for the Time to Change StoryCamp. Firstly, the fact I got there without a panic attack is quite a big deal for me – I even went on THE TUBE?! It was a great day and I met lots of great people and saw some really interesting presentations.
So what is StoryCamp?
StoryCamp is an event that takes place in London run by Time to Change. The day includes training on telling your mental health story, and how to get your work seen. We heard from some really inspiring people but the thing that really stood out to me was the opening talk from Shea Wong. Shea Wong is a blogger and media volunteer and her talk was, in my opinion, the perfect introduction to StoryCamp: inspiring, motivating and incredibly important.
As well as hearing presentations from mental health bloggers and journalists, it was such a great way of meeting people with the same passion as me. Everyone in the room had lived experience of mental illness and made it their mission to fight stigma. What a fab group of people. It was so wonderful to see so many people from different walks of life – old, young, male, female – all coming together to make a difference.
If you’re interested in fighting stigma and learning more about how to start your storytelling journey, I’d recommend applying for next year’s StoryCamp – you will meet some incredible people.
Has anyone else been before? Are you planning to go? Let me know!