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Kathryn J

Kathryn J

Name: Kathryn J
Age: 24
Year of the Fix: 2016
Location: Easton, Bristol
Campaign: Encouraging young people to ask for help if they are struggling to live independently

When I was ten I started getting symptoms of bipolar disorder.

 

I would be depressed for several weeks and then it changed to the opposite of that and I would get high mood swings.

 

The time scale changed, sometimes it would be a few weeks of each and sometimes it would be longer, like a couple of months.

 

I moved out for the first time when I was 19. I was quite unwell and moved out without telling my mum – I was really impulsive.

 

After a couple of months I got depressed really quickly and that’s why it was so difficult to carry on living independently at the time and pay the rent. I moved back home after two months.

 

With Fixers I decided to create a storybook based on my personal experiences, to show young people how mental health conditions can affect our everyday lives, and that you are never alone; all you need to do is reach out.

 

Lots of people with mental illness are struggling to live independently. I hope people will see that there is nothing abnormal about it and talk to someone before things become overwhelming.

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