The Crowdfunder went live yesterday (10 October) to also raise awareness of World Mental Health day.
Local schools and colleges are already backing Brighton5 as this exciting new campaign aims to empower teenagers, by using video to talk about issues that matter to them. The production company Make (Good) Trouble want to reach as many people as possible by making it an affordable project for anyone to contribute to and get involved in.
The funds raised by the campaign will be used to bring teenagers together to create educational video content. As part of the Brighton5 project, teenagers will learn skills in video production and use them to combat issues that affect their mental health, such as device addiction, negative body image and self-harm.
With a target of £30,000, Brighton5 hope that if 10% of the city’s 300,000 residents donate £1, they will hit their target.
One of Brighton5’s founding members, 17 year old Grace, said “I have a younger sister, and she is always on her phone, and I can see that social media can cause a lot of anxiety. It will be really good for us to be able to talk to the younger generation through video, about how insignificant social media really is, and show them other ways of being creative and communicating.”
Brighton5 founder, Daisy Cresswell said: “I’m a mum of two teenage girls and I’m only too aware of the issues teenagers are facing at the moment. When I hit a crisis point, I really didn’t know where to turn. Often the services and resources that are there to help teenagers with mental health issues are out of touch with what teenagers actually resonate with. So we are raising money to make video content that gets the teens exploring difficult issues themselves as a way of self-expression and helping each other. And will help parents too!
“Every penny donated to Brighton5’s Crowdfunder will help local teenagers use technology and social media for a positive purpose.”
A third of British children aged 12-15 admitted they do not have a good balance between screen time and other activities. Mental health problems and self-harm among teenagers are on the increase with research showing that 1 in 4 girls suffer from depression before they hit 14.
Some other statistics Make (Good) Trouble cite as drivers for the Brighton5 project include:
- A third of 12-15 year olds admit they “do not have a good balance between screen time and other activities”.
- Hospital admissions for teenage girls who self-harm have nearly doubled, with school work and social media blamed for the rise.
- 59% of girls aged 11-21 say social media is a main cause of stress.
- In 2017 – Children as young as 13 are attending ‘smartphone rehab’ as concerns grow over screen time.
- Research shows that almost two-thirds of girls in the UK have low self-esteem about their bodies.
- There is a gender gap in mental health rates: 9% of 14 year old boys have depression compared to 24% girls of the same age
- 50% of teenagers feel addicted to their mobile devices and 36% of parents say they argue with their teenage children about phone use on a daily basis.
Brighton5 is led by three local business women, Daisy Cresswell, Tayler Cresswell and Jane Keating. Their impetus was seeing the current disconnect between parents and their teenage children.
Tayler Cresswell added, “We want to reach out to as many people as possible and get them involved in our #1forBrighton5 campaign. We know that there are worried parents, relatives and god-parents out there as well as teens seeking help and people in schools working hard to look after children’s mental health but are under increasing pressure – this project is for all of them. It’s a message of hope and positivity. We want everyone to donate just £1 and pass the message on to their friends and colleagues to join the #1forBrighton5 campaign.”
A selection of exciting rewards are on offer. Those who donate £1 to the Crowdfunder, will be listed as a Founding Member of the Brighton5 supporters team and listed on the Supporters page on brighton5.com. Other rewards include a video thank you message from the Brighton5 teens, VIP tickets to the screening of the films, and even a behind the scenes experience on a shoot.
To donate £1 to Brighton5’s Crowdfunder visit: LINK
To keep up to date with what’s going on, search #1forBrighton5