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'Hannah'

'Hannah'

Name: 'Hannah'
Age: 25
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Peterborough
Campaign: To encourage others with mental health conditions to seek help

I was 15 when I first developed a mental health problem.


At my worst, I was hearing voices. They were saying negative things and would give me commands to harm myself. I was absolutely petrified.

I thought that people were following me.  It was really, really scary and I was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

What happened was that I didn’t seek help as early as I should have done. It meant I couldn’t move forward because I wasn’t getting the right support.

Now, I’m in a really good place. There were times when I felt I wouldn’t get through it, I’d never be able to hold down a job, or get married, but all these things have happened for me.

With Fixers, I want to show others with mental health conditions that recovery is possible.

I want to help them recognise when something isn’t quite right, so that they can ask for help and avoid a crisis.

 

('Hannah' is not my real name, because I would like to remain anonymous.)

Peterborough and Fenland Mind

Annie Jarvis, Development Officer at Peterborough and Fenland Mind, has supported my Fixers project. She agreed to be interviewed to appear in my broadcast piece.

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Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.

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