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#ItAffectsMe: The Selfie Hashtag Raising Money for Mental Illness

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On the 11th of January a video popped up of a small time theatre actress, Laura Darrall, talking about how she had recently suffered from a mental breakdown and how she'd received a lot of great help during that period of time. She tells viewers that because of this she wants to be able to give back to the people who helped her so they can help others. She wanted people to see that mental illness isn't something to be ashamed of and that it's something that will affect us all at some point in our lives. It's also something that not enough people are willing to stand up and talk about but Darrall even had plans to take her assistance further.

Darrall's video suggested that people join her in a donation campaign to the British mental health charity Mind. To join in all you need to do is write #ItAffectsMe on a post it note, stick on your head then take a selfie. Head over to Mind's website and make a donation then share it across social media (Twitter and Instagram being the most popular places) with the tag, encouraging others to make a donation themselves. It's beautifully simple and having so many people sharing selfies shows that mental illness really does affect so many different people from many different walks of life.

Something else that I feel it's important to point out was that this campaign popped up in exactly the right month. The third Monday of January is known as the most depressing day of the year, or "Blue Monday". Though there may be something to that for some people, for others it's a simple matter of saying the fact it's the third Monday isn't the reason I'm depressed and it'll last longer then a day. The #ItAffectsMe video popped up on the second Monday of January. Exactly a week before this supposedly dreadful day and it's helping prove something. People who shared selfies on Blue Monday wouldn't have just been doing it because it was a bad day. They'd have been affected by their own illness or others for more than one day of a year and it's kind of gross that Blue Monday was a sponsored tag that popped up now and then on the day.

#ItAffectsMe started on the 12th of January and people around the world participated for over a week. This campaign is attempting to reduce the stigma and make money for a charity that is working hard to help so many people. This is what social media was built for and I hope that maybe this does at least something for people dealing with mental health problems.




Rosina is a Songbird rookie with a degree in Creative Writing. She's trying to focus on her novel on the side but is hoping that Content Writing will turn out to be a good career choice in the mean time! Follow her @RosinaAtSMF


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#ItAffectsMe: The Selfie Hashtag Raising Money for Mental Illness Reviewed by Rosina Brooker on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Rating: 5

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