Grace F. Victory has spoken about her experiences with mental illness as part of a BBC Three campaign.
The YouTuber recorded a short video that was posted on the BBC Three Facebook page. She also did a Facebook Live Q&A session about mental health on the BBC Lifestyle & Health News page.
In the initial video, Grace talked about her depression and anxiety. She recalled how she would self-harm due to feelings of insecurity about the colour of her skin and the shape of her body. She admitted that she is currently in therapy to help process the traumatic experiences she had suppressed. Finally, she urged anyone who was “not feeling quite right” or “not feeling how they should” to tell someone.
The campaign’s hashtag,
#1in4, refers to the number of people who will be affected by mental health issues in their lifetime. BBC Three have produced a series of short films called Minds Matter, featuring different public figures speaking of their experiences with mental health issues and offering support to others in a similar situation.
Many celebrities including Tom Hardy, David Tennant, and Olivia Colman have also shared selfies to show their support for the campaign.
In her Facebook Live Q&A, Grace talked about such topics as her decision to start talking publicly about her mental health in 2012, experiencing suicidal feelings, and her view on medication. She once more urged anyone experiencing mental health problems to seek help. The video can be found here.
Photo by Rebecca Need-Menear.