Reclaim seeks to open up the conversation about mental health, seeking to get more people talking about mental health than ever before.
Reclaim aims to challenge and erase the stigma around mental health; to educate people on the importance of mental health issues; to encourage others to recognise that mental health is as important as physical health; and to educate on how to support others who may be suffering from mental health issues.
Whether it be on social media, on campus or in student homes around the country, it’s time to reclaim the discussion around mental health.
Let your friends know that you're available to listen if they need to talk. Remember that people might be uncomfortable discussing their mental health, so give them the time and space they need.
You can promise not to disclose what your friend tells you, but always remember that if you think someone might be putting themselves or others in immediate and/or serious danger, you have a duty to contact the authorities. This could be someone at your school, college or university, a Welfare Tutor, Lecturer or someone from your Students' Union; your doctor, or the police. They will be able to help.
Reclaim sets out to erase the stigma surrounding mental health. One of the best ways to do it is simple: get talking.
Read one or more of our student blogs below; watch a vlog; take a look at the infographics. Use what you learn from these to start a conversation, be it with your flatmates, your family, your friends or even on Twitter. (Use the hashtag #Reclaim2018 when you do!)
The more we talk about mental health, the more we will create an atmosphere in which people who might need help feel comfortable asking for it.
We're always looking out for people who are passionate about mental health awareness and who want to help us bring Reclaim and its message to even wider audiences.
If you'd like to write a blog or vlog for us; help us organise an event for Reclaim on your campus, through your J-Soc or otherwise; or get involved in any other way we haven't thought of yet, just get in touch. We're looking forward to hearing from you!
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What is Reclaim?
What can I do?
Mental health is a sensitive and deeply personal topic. We know that Reclaim will open many conversations, which is great - but when it comes to support, we don't claim to be the experts. If you've found something challenging or troubling, or you just want to chat, here are some great organisations that we know will be able to offer all the support you need:
J-Soc events confirmed for Reclaim 2018 so far include Birmingham, Leeds, Durham, Manchester and London. Contact the J-Socs directly for more information.
Go to a different J-Soc? Contact your President or Events Officer to see what you can do for Reclaim!
“For too long mental illness has been treated as a taboo subject and there is no exception within the Jewish community. We all have a part to play to bring mental health out of the shadows." - Luciana Berger MP, President of the Labour Campaign for Mental Health
The poster and infographics here can be downloaded and printed, or we can post copies to you. They're the perfect way to start a conversation, to run a lunch and learn or to simply educate yourself, your friends and your family. Feel free to share them on social media - tag @UJS_UK on Twitter and Instagram when you do! Upload the Twibbon to your profile picture on Facebook or Twitter too. The Resource Pack is a guide for your J-Soc on how to run Reclaim on your campus.
Blogs and Vlogs
founder of Reclaim
Whether you have feedback on Reclaim, want to get involved or want to drop us a line about something else, we're looking forward to hearing from you. Please remember, though, that we are not mental health practitioners and if you need urgent help, you are advised to return to the 'Need Help?' section of this site, where you will find a number of helpful charities. You can also call the Samaritans 24/7 on 116 123. In an emergency, always call 999.