Summer In The City Is Helping People With Anxiety In The Best Way
11 August 2018, 17:04 | Updated: 11 August 2018, 17:10
If you struggle with anxiety and are worried about coming to conventions, Summer in the City has come up with the best idea.
Let's get real for a sec - anxiety is the worst. It can come from nowhere, catch you off guard and ruin your damn day. It can even stop you from enjoying the one thing you've been looking forward to for months. In some cases, it can make you cancel altogether. But if you're heading to Summer in the City this weekend and you're suddenly panicking about meeting your faves and being amongst big crowds, there's a system in place that might make you feel a whole lot better.
This year, Summer in the City have trained their volunteer staff to be able to help you if you ever need help during the event. (They had the same system in place last year but they've gone bigger and better in 2018.) Whether you're feeling overwhelmed or feel like you're about to have a panic attack, there will always be someone on the floor at the convention to help you.
hello attendees of SiTC!! most yellow shirt team leaders & quite a few blue shirts are trained in anxiety and panic attacks, and the rest are briefed loosely. if you or anyone needs support, i am in the main hall near creator village, but we’re here to help - you’re not a burden— lorc — working @ SiTC! (@OccamsRockstar) August 10, 2018
People attending #SitC2018 volunteer T-Shirts look like this. If you need help with anything please look for one of us and we will try our best to help. Some of us also have panic attack/anxiety attack training so we can support you if you need! pic.twitter.com/Jo65Cmi5Vq— Saul ~ SITC (@Saul2911) August 10, 2018
yup!!! this year yellow are team leaders, blue are the others!!! all are lovely and helpful— lorc — working @ SiTC! (@OccamsRockstar) August 10, 2018
That, my friends, is a genius move. That doesn't happen at a lot of conventions either - and it's something that should be integrated into a lot more events like this.
People are already impressed with the system that's in place, even if it's just for peace of mind.
ugh that’s such a comforting message to read you have no idea 💛💛💛💛— Joanna (@jennasmanning) August 10, 2018
How lovely of you!— Heythere (@HeythereIamacoo) August 10, 2018
I was so scared to go to SITC because of my anxiety and travelling so far and not really knowing anyone to go with
THIS IS HOW YOU RUN AN EVENT. THANK YOU.— amb | 20 (@highonpeople) August 10, 2018
Of course, everyone deals with their own anxiety in different ways but if you do find yourself struggling on the day, here’s a few tips to remember:
- Take yourself away from the noise and the crowds. Find a quiet spot in the convention centre or take yourself to the edge of the room. The walls are your friends!
- Grab yourself an ice cold drink and take a second to breathe.
- Be mindful of personal space - whether it's your own or someone else's. Don't be afraid to remove yourself from a situation you don't feel comfortable in. If you notice a friend feeling a little uncomfortable, ask them what they need and offer your support.
- Speak to someone! There are people who are ready and willing to help you. You're not being a burden.