Renison don vlogs her way to mental health

Emma Roy

Remember how weird it was going back to live with your parents after being at university? Do you not know at times if you qualify as an adult? Finally there’s a video series for that.Through her channel, Emma Marceline, Emma Roy has created 14 videos. Started in January 2015, the videos have generated almost 800 views so far. The channel include both serious and funny vlog material, from a university first-aid kit to Emma's reactions to the Game of Thrones.

In the videos, the third-year Social Development Studies student shares experiences and ideas with her portable camera, often incorporating humour or poetry into her video clips. These days, however, the Renison University College don is embracing new terrain:

The vlogs first started out more as funny videos, with things people could refer to, like your typical BuzzFeed videos. This year I’ve started getting into the harder stuff, things people have a harder time with, i.e., mental health.

Her latest video Bounce Back is one of several mental health-themed clips she has published. As someone who lives with anxiety and has struggled with self-harm, Emma’s insight into these realities is reaching people, particularly Waterloo students.

Bounce Back provides Emma’s tips for dealing with anxiety and panic attacks, which can be difficult to control. Her Stop the World video comes specifically from Emma’s personal experience.

It is a poem written about self-harm. I was inspired by another YouTube video about anxiety so I posted my own video and thought that maybe people could relate to it. I spent a week filming all the different clips around Renison.

Renison Residents with EmmaEmma began creating videos after being inspired by various vlogging tutorials and monologues. She describes her channel as a lifestyle show and hopes others in the online community can benefit from vlogs as much as she has.

These videos that I make help me. If these videos help someone else that is great. The Bounce Back video shows things that I do to help me bounce back. Now that it is online, I feel more accountable to follow through.

These videos cover a variety of topics that are both relatable and entertaining, as seen in feedback from UWaterloo community.

My parents are big supporters, my bosses at Renison, my don team and my residence floor. I joined a sorority in my first year, Sigma Lambda Gamma, and they’ve been an incredible support.

Emma encourages people to check out her videos and consider her coping strategies when seeking support with mental health issues.

I colour, count backwards, watch YouTube videos, and try to understand what is making me anxious. I say “it is okay” a lot.

Emma Roy

With exams coming up, students will be especially interested in Emma’s comic relief videos. Her latest Cringeworthy: Facebook Statuses digs ups the archives of her early Facebook days, while reinforcing self-acceptance and having fun in university. For even more of Emma, follow her YouTube channel

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