I have experience of self-harm and want to help young people dealing with mental health issues.I feel it’s a misconception that talking about your troubles is always the best form of therapy. It can be a great help for many, but it’s something that I’ve always struggled with.With Fixers, I’ve come up with the idea to provide a safe place for those who self-harm.‘The Smash Project’ will invite people into a smash room, where they will be able to break things as a way of venting their frustrations safely.I hope it will help make the issue less of a taboo and encourage others not to bottle up their emotions.*NOTE: Fixers sometimes go beyond the 16-25yr age bracket while working on their Fix.
My Fixers project is supported by Simplyhealth which helps people care for their everyday health through health cash plans, dental plans and independent living solutions.
With over 140-years of history in the healthcare market, the organisation is working in partnership with Fixers to help support young people to have their voices heard on the subject of mental health.Tea With Jud Jud Pollock, owner at Tea With Jud, supports my Fix. She has supplied items to be smashed in the smash room.
December 2015With Fixers, I’ve helped create a banner to advertise ‘The Smash Project’. You can take a closer look at it by clicking on the image below.I’ve also been sharing my idea with students and organisations at an event at Northern Regional College in Ballymena. I received the following positive feedback.
‘I think this is a great idea to help people release stress. The banners look really good and make you want to find out more.’
‘This is a really good idea to highlight mental health, which is such an overlooked issue.'
‘I really think this idea would work well and get people thinking about any built up stress or tension. The name and branding helps to do this.’
Me and my friends want young people to know that calories aren't the enemy!
Mary-Anne White and Lucy Wills
Shak & Natasha
Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.