Hiraa Jamil (BDS Student) writes
It’s been an incredibly rewarding year for me having being elected as the first BUDSS welfare rep alongside Maddie (BDS4) and having my article on my experiences with mental health published in the August edition of BDJ Student. The amount of support and appreciation I have received for this has been overwhelming to say the least and has culminated in receiving the runners up prize for the Young Communicators Award 2019 (thank you to whoever nominated me). The purpose of writing this article was primarily for catharsis and to raise awareness of mental health and stress and to try to dispel the myths surrounding mental illness especially in dentistry. I hope to continue promoting wellbeing and mental health awareness but this can only be done by sharing our experiences and making the conversation regarding such a complex topic more common and less stigmatised.