We help young filmmakers highlight mental health issues

Date: Thursday 09 May 2019

TWEL 6th May News Story

We have continued our ongoing support for young people in Essex and Suffolk by donating to a charity that aims to improve skills and wellbeing across the region for the fourth year in a row.


Student Life works with schools, colleges and universities, inviting young people to take part in a range of projects including film-making and lifestyle publications. A broad range of topics are covered, from entertainment and food to mental and physical health, and young people take the lead in each project.


We were a regular supporter of Together Families CAN, a charitable organisation that helped families with children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). Together Families CAN merged with Student Life in 2018 and we were happy to continue its support by donating £500, taking total donations since 2016 to £2,300.


The money handed over this year has been used to support a new film that covers the issue of self harm as a coping mechanism for mental health issues. The film, which premieres in mid-2019, aims to resonate with a young audience and reduce the stigma that is associated with mental health and self harm.


Richard Stewart, Chief Executive of Student Life, said: “Taylor Wimpey’s support is invaluable in helping to launch our self-harm awareness project in co-production with the NHS in Suffolk this year.

Empowering young people to speak up and speak out to normalise their emotional wellbeing is at the core of our mental health work and donations such as this are vital to our ongoing work.”