When health and social care level two students Liam Francis and Caitlin Smith created their page, Mental Health Movements, they didn’t realise how many people their posts would reach.
With over 5,300 followers, the students’ page offers advice, shares awareness and opens up their messaging service for anybody who is struggling with mental health, providing guidance to the right service for them – regardless of region or continent.
“I originally started the page, but I asked Caitlin to help me run it,” says Liam. “We originally started posting help and support videos.”
“If people feel alone through mental health, they can reach out and speak to us,” Caitlin adds. “We can talk to them and let them know where to go and who to contact, instead of us giving them the wrong advice.”
Liam and Caitlin monitor their pages on Facebook and Instagram every day and get responses from all over the world.
“When we get messages in a different language, we do our best to translate it, keeping the conversation going,” says Caitlin. “We’ve had messages in Arabic and Chinese; it sets us the challenge of finding the right support available in that country.
“We want to go into mental health nursing after we’ve finished our current studies, keeping the page live so we can continue to help as many people as we can.”
Tania Morgan, their tutor, said: “Liam and Caitlin are always helping out around college. Whether it’s people, charities or open events, they’re constantly doing something extra around their full-time course. I wish we could keep them in our class all the time!”