Like many young people who have taken drugs, it was peer pressure that initially got me involved.
It became something I did regularly and it took willpower for me to stop and turn my life around.
I now experience mental health issues, which doctors think is a result of the drug use.
It’s affected me massively, because I’ll probably be on medication for the rest of my life.
One thing that really helped me during the dark times was photography. It liberated me and taking pictures gives me a way to express my emotions through art.
With Fixers, I want to warn young people about the dangers of drugs – they can affect you physically, emotionally and financially.
I also want my campaign to encourage those with similar stories to share their experiences in a creative way.
Family MosaicFamily Mosaic provide good quality, affordable homes to rent and buy as well as care and support services to thousands of people who need extra support.With around 24,000 homes for rent and serving more than 45,000 people, they are one of the largest housing providers in London, Essex and the South East.The organisation is backing my campaign and working in partnership with Fixers to give their young residents the chance to make a difference.Kent and Medway Early Intervention for Psychosis Service
Yasmin Ishaq, Service Manager, supports my Fixers project. She agreed to be interviewed to appear in my broadcast piece.Oakwood House HotelThe management at the hotel have supported my Fix. They allowed us to use their site as a location for my broadcast shoot.What If...? GalleryThe team at the gallery have given my project their backing. They let us film there.Kent Film Office and Dartford Borough CouncilMy project also has the support of the council and Kent Film Office. We were permitted to film in Dartford Park. Acacia GymThe team at the gym support what I’m doing. They allowed us use of their basketball court for filming.
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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.