Beauty With A Purpose
People carry invisible scars from emotional and psychological wounds, stemming from various sources like childhood traumas, grief, insecurities, guilt, and societal pressures. If left unaddressed, these scars significantly affect emotional and mental well-being, impacting physical health, relationships, work, and societal welfare.
My goal is to make mental health and well-being a conversation in every home, school, institution and community in Trinidad and Tobago, and eventually across the world. My project is directly combatting the stigma and shame attached to mental health and encouraging help-seeking behaviour. By destigmatising mental health and improving mental health awareness amongst the youth of our country specifically, early intervention can reduce the likelihood of long term adverse mental health effects.
This project is achieving this through many different approaches. By creating safe spaces in Trinidad & Tobago through school visits, workshops and discussions around the importance of mental health, we directly connected young people with the knowledge, tools and help they need to overcome mental health problems. The ‘Be Mindful podcast’ also created virtual safe spaces where mental health could be spoken about with many different professionals, to help educate the public about the topic.