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Michael A

Michael A

Name: Michael Ashton
Age: 19
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Liverpool
Campaign: Tackling Depression in Teenagers

I first experienced depression when I was 15.

 

I just felt so low and angry most of the time, thinking I didn't deserve to feel like this. As a result, I was taking it out on all the people who were closest to me.

 

People around me were saying I was being dramatic, that it’s just teenage angst, but that makes you feel even worse. 

 

Because it’s not a physical illness, it’s so hard to understand. This is why I'm working with Fixers to try to raise awareness about depression in teenagers.

 

Schools in particular need to be aware of the symptoms of depression so fewer cases go unnoticed.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Adam Manley Alice Wooding
Caitlin Broad Caitlin Robinson
Charis Heighton Ciera Evans
Daniel Greenwood Elizabeth Morgan
Ellie Johnson-Morris Emilie Williams
Emmie Thomas Fay Dermott
Georgia Bowers Giorgia Bortoli
Harriet Burns James Leyshon
James Spulsbury Jessica Finneran
Josh Walsh Lewis Morris
Lorna Ellis Molly Cooper
Paige Hughes Peter King
Rachel Howard Ryan Kitchen
Sam Riley Sophie Kennedy
Tom Whittle  

Liverpool Community College

The college helped with my Fixers project by allowing us to film a short section of my broadcast piece there.

 

Dr Mike Smith, Alternative Futures Group

Dr Mike Smith, Clinical Director of Mental Health Services at Alternative Futures Group supported my Fixers project by providing his expert opinion for my broadcast story.

November 2013

The film about my campaign, which was broadcast on ITV News, was among nine Fixers films which won a Mind Media Award at the BFI in London.

 

Click here to read more about my achievement!

 

June 2013

I was delighted to be featured on Radio City following my broadcast item.

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