A day in the media

Hello!

Today was the launch of the new wonderful site, MindFull which aims to provide support to young people aged between 11-17 who struggle with mental health, or to even offer support to someone who may feel that they’re falling into the dark hole. 

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After being told I would be in the Independent newspaper, I shortly was asked to talk to the radio, then to be asked if I’d appear on BBC Breakfast. All of this felt so surreal! From getting up at 5am, with hardly any sleep from all the excitement going off on Twitter, I was ready to battle the nerves and to hopefully inspire, and help at least one person to reach out and get support.

I met Clare outside the BBC studio in Manchester! We figured out it had been 3 years since we last met/saw each other which would have been the start to where my mental health began to take control of me. 

I was taken to have makeup done and then walked to the studio, you’d expect it to be SO much bigger but it’s not as big as you imagine. After being mic’d up, it was time to share my experiences! It was absolutely amazing, I enjoyed it alot! 

When we were finished, a lovely lady called Kathryn met us and asked if I’d be okay to do an interview for BBC Radio Five Live, which you can listen to here. 

I felt so comfortable talking about my own personal experiences of mental health, it just felt like a normal conversation two people would have over coffee. I thoroughly enjoyed that as well.

I feel so grateful to have been given the opportunity to volunteer for MindFull and to hopefully make a difference to at least one young person before it’s too late. 

I really can’t stress enough how important it is to bite the bullet and speak out as soon as you can. If this be to your family, a teacher, your GP, or even a counsellor/peer mentor over on MindFull. YOU can take this first step to getting your life back. Don’t let it control you. Remember: You’re not alone, there’s a lot of people who have gone/are going through similar issues to yourself who are willing to help you in any way they can. 

 
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