I realized that Buddy Project has more of a digital impact than an in-person impact, so I thought that I would do something on college campuses.”. One of our recent volunteers who has now gone onto paid employment within mental health gave us an insight into their experiences working with the Buddy Project. When colleges and universities closed their doors last spring amid rising COVID-19 cases, many vulnerable student populations were left without critical campus resources. Get The Triangle's top stories directly to your inbox every Friday, THE INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER AT DREXEL UNIVERSITY SINCE 1926. “Music and Mental Health” is another campaign Buddy Project is doing, inspired after the death of musician Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park who committed suicide in July of this year and the release of Logic’s song “1-800-273-8255” in April of this year. The benefits of Peer Support are wide ranging for those receiving the support, peer-support workers themselves, and for the mental health system as a whole. Organs can get sick. You should surround yourself with people that will push you to put your mental health first. Train your body and mind at the same time with exercises to strengthen your mental and physical well-being. It was for National Suicide Prevention Month and it was very successful,” Frost says. By using the buddy system while volunteering, you and your buddy can both have a great time meeting new people. “I want to be able to give them the resources that they need in order to start making a change. Listening is so important, some people don’t even need to hear feedback, they just want to let out whatever they are going through and what they’re feeling. In 2013, Gabby Frost founded Buddy Project, a nonprofit peer support system to counteract some of the negativity and bullying often found on social media. Gabby Frost’s non-profit, Buddy Project, pairs people up with the goal to improve the mental health of young people all over the world. Her class project began what would be the campus rep program for Buddy Project, a program that is also present at middle schools and high schools, not just on college campuses. After Alyssa’s death, I was inspired by the Buddy Project, a nonprofit organization that aims to fight the stigma against mental health, and prevent suicide in teens and young adults. All rights are reserved, except where otherwise noted. Mental health is just as important as physical health. “We want to be able to have people send in their stories with how music has affected their mental health, in any kind of way.”. 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Laboratories have always been sick and have a gross attitude towards animals as things we can use. “1 in 5 people have a mental illness, but 5 in 5 people have mental health. “And then, throughout the next year after finding out that she was going through mental health conditions, we saw a lot of other people on Twitter were going through the same things she was going through, so we really started to talk to a lot of people and made sure that people had friends.”, Frost says that she noticed a lot of people on Twitter mentioning how they would turn to social media to find people that would understand what they were going through. Finally, reach out, even if it’s tough to do. 5) Everything is Better Together. Since April 8th, 2013, Buddy Project® has been pairing teens and young adults with a buddy. “It’s just wild to me that a very simple idea and just one moment in your life can change your life entirely. May is National Mental Health Awareness month. A lot of people have met in person, a lot of them have actually flown out to wherever their buddy is and they end up hanging out in person,” Frost says. The program is geared toward children and young adults and provides positivity, companionship, resources and education for those who are struggling with mental illness or are in need of a support system. Her idea, which eventually became Buddy Project, started with a Google Doc form for people to get paired with someone, “I think in under twelve hours, there were 3,000 sign-ups, which I didn’t expect to happen,” she says. “The first few buddy pairs were put together kind of fast. I’m hoping this post will inspire those of you, like myself, who suffer from depression to try something new when you are feeling alone and trapped. Frost is currently working on developing an app for Android and iPhone to bring The Buddy Project to mobile devices. We are currently working on creating an app that will pair people as buddies based on their interests and age. She wants to make sure that all students know that it exists and that it is a free resource available to them. “And the first few buddies, people were a little skeptical.”, But the doubt of Buddy Project’s mission has faded as it has attracted more people looking for buddies. eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'studybreaks_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_1',120,'0','0']));Frost attributes this boom of interest in Buddy Project and its concept to word-of-mouth advertising, done through people on Twitter. The change begins with us! ... From my 15 years on the ambulance, health and mental issues, and a piss poor diet became as common as the sun rising. The Buddy Project aims to help those struggling with mental health issues by pairing people with “buddies,” with whom they can talk online. It was a Sunday night during my freshman year of high school. To date, it has paired over 219,000 people; it has recently become a 501(c)(3) and raised $40,000 for mental health facilities in the United States. After making many online friends throughout the world, she realized that people suffering from mental illness deserve the same opportunities. Our Buddy Project buddies do some really fantastic work and we couldn't be more proud of them. Mental health resources to support parents who may experience a wide range of emotional problems: from generalised low mood and anxiety to severe depression and postpartum psychosis. Buddy Project has also launched a campaign called “Music and Mental Health”, which aims to highlight the positive effects music can have on those suffering with a mental illness. “Be willing to listen to people. it’s for money. “I started this campaign to highlight how music helps people cope and helps them talk about things like mental health that are hard to talk about,” Frost says. 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