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Serena

Serena

Name: Serena Christie
Age: 23
Year of the Fix: 2015
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Campaign: To educate others about the harmful effects of legal highs

When I was younger, I worked in a shop that sold legal highs and it soon became a policy of mine not to sell anything that I hadn’t tried myself.

I thought they were harmless because they were legal – but I was wrong.

I was curious about the effects of the substances, but had no idea how they would affect me long-term.

I ended up with serious paranoia and even had suicidal thoughts.

It’s my view that young people don’t necessarily know how legal highs can affect their mental health.

With Fixers, I want to make them aware of the dangers - showing them the price they could pay for experimenting with the substances.

Janine Ling and Jonathan Andrews have helped me with this Fix.

Jan King, Angelus Foundation

Jan King supports my Fix. She agreed to be interviewed to appear in my broadcast piece.

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