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Amy M

Amy M

Name: Amy Mullen
Age: 19
Year of the Fix: 2012
Location: Cwmbran, South Wales
Campaign: Using art to overcome depression

Through my teens, I suffered from depression. It became so bad that I had to drop out of college, abandon my A-Levels, and end my pursuit to becoming an artist.

 

At first, my depression seemed manageable. But as I sought more counselling, it soon turned into a mental health problem that was out of my control.

 

Soon after dropping out of college, my secondary school heard about my situation. Knowing I have a passion for art, they began to support me and help me complete my A-Levels and BTEC in Art and Design at my own pace.

 

Through the school, I also began working with their Special Needs Unit, and this is when I began to really develop and use my art as a means of overcoming my depression. It became an outlet for my thoughts and ideas, and soon my art evolved and my depression began to subside.

 

Now 19, I have completed my A-Levels, and have overcome depression without the need for medication.

 

Through my short film, I want to encourage more young people who may be affected by stress - particularly during the exam periods - to explore their feelings through creativity.

Thank you to Jack Rake who helped me with this project.

Mind

Mental health charity Mind have supported my Fixers project.

 

Caldicot School

Caldicot School have been supportive of my Fix. I held my first workshop with pupils at the school, allowing them to come up with ideas to express themselves.

 

Full Circle

Nikki Giant from Full Circle has backed my campaign. I'm grateful for her positive feedback: 'Thank you so, so much for all your help! The Fixers were brilliant and I'm so grateful to them and you!'

 

Attic Gallery

A local gallery in Cardiff has supported my work.

March 2013

I attended the Keeping it Equal event organised by Full Circle on International Women's Day to give a presentation about my campaign. 

 

The feedback I received can be read below:

 

'Fantastic presentation of great interest!'

 

'Amazing presentation! Very enthusiastic.'

 

'Brilliant project. Teaching young people to solve and share their own problems.'

 

'This sounds like something I'd like to do with my life!'

 

February 2014

My Fixers film was screened at a launch event for mental health and mind-related issues in Cardiff. The response to my film was overwhelming and I had some really encouraging feedback. You can read some of these comments below:

 

'A very good way of letting feelings out. Very inspiring!'

 

'Thank you for sharing an amazing way of dealing with depression. It's so inspiring for other young people.'

 

'An amazing young person with a really important message. We need Amy in schools!'

 

'This was great, a very good way to let things out.'

 

'This was fantastic because it shows how hard it is to find out how you feel inside.'

 

December 2013
My film was screened at an event held at Bron Afon Community Housing in Cwmbran on 3rd December. There were around 100 people in the audience including young people and youth workers from Newport Youth Service, other Fixers and their families and representatives from Bron Afon and Charter Housing associations.

 

Two other Fixers films, relating to body image, were shown at the event and a campaign to end child poverty in and around Newport was launched.

 

My film was screened because I’d worked with some of the girls involved in the projects above before they became Fixers.

 

On the night it was explained that I’d held a session with them where I spoke about positive mental health.

 

 My Fixers film being shown at Bron Afon in Cwmbran

 

September 2013

I've been nominated for the Above and Beyond Newport Night Of Honour Awards for my art workshops! This story was featured in the South Wales Argus. Click here to read the article.

 

March 2013

Full Circle covered the event celebrating International Women's Day. Click here to read the article.

 

I gave a presentation at an event in Cardiff with two other Fixers where we shared our experiences and our Fixers projects.

 

 

 

A story about my Fixers campaign was also featured in the South Wales Free Press.

 

26th February 2013
I attended the official UK-wide Fixers launch at Westminster, London, and talked about my project with fellow Fixers and a group of MPs. Below you can see me celebrating with TV chef Ainsley Harriott.

 

 

I held my first workshop this month with the pupils of Caldicot School. The day was held to allow the young people to come up with ideas to express themselves, similar to the way I approach my artwork.

 

The feedback was great. Here are some of the reactions to my workshop:

 

'Amy's workshop was thought provoking, fun, interesting, enjoyable, creative and inspiring.'

 

'This session was absolutely incredible.  It really gave the young people the chance to share their emotions in an artistic and creative way.  The workshop was delivered incredibly well overall, very well presented.  Good job & well done!'

 

'Eye Opening, intuitive, creative, passionate. Amy was awesome.

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