WRITTEN BY AUTUMN WITHEY- STEVENS
I am very proud to introduce myself as the President of The Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show 2017.
GUCFS is an organisation run by a group of students who aim to raise an ambitious charitable donation to this year’s chosen charity; SAMH. Throughout the year, the committee will participate in individual creative fundraising, such as a sponsored sky dive in August 2016 and events throughout the year, culminating in the main Fashion Show in February 2017.
For 2016-17, we have chosen to support SAMH – the Scottish Association for Mental Health, who are Scotland’s leading mental health charity.
This is a cause incredibly close to my heart and those of the other committee members; it is something that has affected all of us and the people that we love. My aim over the course of this year is not just to raise a considerable financial donation for SAMH; but to raise awareness and try to help reduce the stigma and discrimination that is so often attached to mental ill-health.
Throughout my time at the University of Glasgow, I have grown increasingly aware that far too many young people suffer from stress and anxiety due to the high-pressure environment we live and study in. In some cases these issues can lead to more dangerous consequences and sadly there have already been student suicides recorded at Scottish Universities this year.
Mental health is an incredibly important issue that has been marginalised for too long. It is crucial that we act in order to help and support young people who suffer from mental health problems and prevent the devastating impact this can have on their day to day lives.
Thank you for taking the time to read about why we have chosen SAMH to be this year's partner charity. We hope you stay with us and support us on this mission to end the stigma around mental health in our students. This is a conversation we all need to be involved in.
Autumn Withey-Stevens | GUCFS President 2016-17