An awareness video released by See Me, Scotland’s programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination, has gone viral.
The video, which aims to get people talking about mental health, has now been viewed nearly 200,000 times on YouTube, with 100s of comments also generated on social media sharing site Reddit.
‘Power of Okay’ features a poem about speaking out about struggling with mental health and the worries people suffering from mental health have. Ian Greenhill, one of the founders of production company Something Something, wrote and performed the poem in the video based on his own experiences, and also directed and produced the video with fellow founder Jordan Laird.
Greenhill said: “We just want a discussion about mental health to be started rather than people being scared of saying the wrong thing and just not saying anything. The simple start-off point of ‘okay’ seemed really powerful. “If we all start out at that base level of human kindness, I think the world would be a lot better.”
On Reddit hundreds of users were speaking about their mental health and supporting each other after watching the video. One of the 366 comments said: “It’s the power of sympathy and empathy. You just have to acknowledge that you or the other person isn’t doing alright right now. Even if it doesn’t really help the underlying causes. “Nobody wants to be alone.”
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