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During the lockdown, Level 4 Creative Enterprise student Jasmin Earle has been getting involved with opportunities supported by the College and has just been shortlisted from over 100 entries for the I Am Me t-shirt design competition.

Jasmin based her entry around the stigma of mental health saying "I chose to create a clock because it represents time. The hands are slowly pointing towards 20:00, both hands would then make 2020. I have chosen the hands and 8/20 to be green because mental health awareness is usually green. I wanted to express the message "stop the stigma" through this as we are the next generation and have the power to change the future for the better.

There is quite a lot of stigma around mental health such as how men "can't" have mental illnesses and should apparently "man up"... Or how people are judged by their mental illnesses and how "bad" they are which stops people who need help, from getting the help they need. I think this is something that should really change! Suicide rates are incredibly high and there are so many people out there who may need help but don't think they deserve it.”

Jasmin's Tutor Ellie said “Jasmin has been a highly motivated student all year and I am really impressed with her willingness to engage in activities during the Level 4 Professional Diploma in Creative Enterprise that are useful, but not directly relevant to her specialism, which is music. Jasmin is a wonderful musician and she aspires to work professionally as a violinist. However, she never turns down a chance to develop skills in other areas and she has made the most of every opportunity offered during her studies. From assisting in the pre-production of a short film, to experimenting with Adobe Photoshop and Canva, Jasmin has tried it all. I am so pleased that she decided to enter the I Am Me T shirt design competition supporting the wonderful organisation, I Am Me. The competition is designed to help raise awareness of their essential app, designed by and for young people to support positive mental health.”

Be sure to follow I am Me on their Instagram @iammeglobal for upcoming announcements and to get involved with the organisation. Best of luck Jasmin.