Lose the label... This is Me
The 2016 membership campaign, as chosen by your votes at the Annual Members' Day, will focus on identity, labels and how they can influence perceptions, feelings and our wellbeing.
We can be labelled through our circumstances; such as roles, gender, culture, sexuality and diagnosis, or adopt a label for ourselves. These labels can be used to define us and have the potential to become something which we are judged against, as well as a potential catalyst for stigma and discrimination. Labels can also be owned and created to form positive identities and allow us to express ourselves through music, art and writing.
This year, we invite our members to join in the identity conversation ‘This is Me', to share your story, your journey and explore how labels can impact on our sense of self and wellbeing. Throughout the year, events will be held to highlight the work of our specialist services, our partner organisations and to raise awareness of this complex subject.
Jo Sharpe, one of our Trust's governors, who is supporting this year’s campaign, said:
“Labels have had a huge impact on my life. From the age of five I knew I was different and I found life a strain trying to live up to other people’s expectations of me, which were at odds with my own reality.
“At one time trans-women were often a cheap shot for comedy writers. When the outer perception of me was male, I was expected to laugh at these parodies when I didn’t want to and found them very upsetting.
“I’m supporting this campaign because it will enable people to ditch the labels society has attached to them and find the confidence to say This is Me!”
If you are interested in being involved, sharing stories or holding events in your local service/area, please contact the membership team firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0113 85 55900