Tommy is a 19 year old that got involved with Student Life after they approached him at one of his positive thinking speeches at the Raising The Bar Awards.
With my job, I do get a lot people coming to me for advice because they are unable to talk to anyone they know personally, for the fear of being shamed or outcasted from their group of friends. I might not be a trained professional, but I have been on that edge, and luckily I chose to step back. I taught myself how to love life again; how to look around and see how beautiful the world really is, if we stop and look. How little things we take for granted makes the world a better place if we just notice it.
I have lost friends to mental health maybe because of their fear, I didn’t know they were getting that bad. One of the reasons I do what I do, I want to change the world. Sounds like a massive task. But I hope by speaking about my issues, my problems, what I have been through and survived, I can inspire others to stand up and talk; gain strength from what has passed. Make hope by inspiring others.
If you want to help someone you don’t need to be trained, or have a degree. To someone in that place, offering to go out for a drink, or meeting up and just hanging out can mean the world. Something simple can change someone’s life. How the little things we take for granted, make the world a better place.
Male mental heath is something I am really passionate about as it’s something I can relate to. There is the unspoken rule that if you are Male you can’t talk about how bad you feel, for you may be seen as weak or lesser than your peers, let’s change that. The strongest people are the ones that have been through stuff. You have a super power, you can give hope to someone who is starting to go through what you went through. But this idea that we can’t speak about it, is stopping that. Step forward with me. Let’s not suffer alone, let’s succeed together. Work positive, think positive, live positive. Change your negatives into positives.