“Beautiful Minds” is a campaign by Betapsi which aims to reduce the stigma around mental health in Malta. Usually seen as quite the taboo topic, Betapsi have delved into the matter head first to tackle all aspects of this issue. To learn more about this campaign, The Yuppie contacted Betapsi to ask a couple of questions.
What is ‘Beautiful Minds’ about?
“A Beautiful Mind” is a film about the true story of John Nash, a mathematician suffering from schizophrenia who wins a Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking maths theories. That’s what the campaign is about. It’s about raising awareness on mental health, about educating people to accept and integrate people with mental health problems, but most importantly, it’s about the fact that anyone can do anything and be anything. Having a mental illness does not make you weaker or lesser than anyone else. Our campaign “Beautiful Minds” is about educating those who need it, giving courage to those who deserve it and building a good understanding of mental health at University as well as on a national level.
What is the ultimate goal?
If we can help one person who is suffering from a mental health issue then we have already won, but ultimately, the goal is to create an understanding and accepting attitude towards mental health, and an environment where everyone suffering from mental health issues feels safe, included and loved.
How did the idea arise?
The idea’s basis was formed by the previous executive team, but was developed into what it is today by the current board. It was realized that, even though mental health awareness is something that is being covered in many different ways and places, we as Betapsi hold a crucial position which can affect real change. We have a voice that can be heard throughout University, and even outside of it. As psychology students, and as individuals, mental health is something that we care deeply about, and we want to help in any way we can.
What does the campaign mean to the organisation?
The organisation, like many others, has many things going on throughout the year. We work on one project then the next, focusing on different things, all with their stresses and rewards. The campaign surpasses all that. To Betapsi, this campaign is more than just an event or a project. It is our most important asset in helping make the world a better place, and we are very passionate about it.
The campaign has its own Facebook page and was launched at the University of Malta earlier in September.
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