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Ian

Ian

Name: Ian Kay
Age: 21
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Nottinghamshire
Campaign: To raise awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder

I have lived with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) for several years but have only recently been diagnosed.

 

I was unable to control emotions such as rage and guilt, which led to more than one suicide attempt.

 

It wasn’t until I asked for help that I was told the symptoms of BPD and recognised them in myself. Knowing what was causing the problems helped me to work towards a goal and to seek help.

 

For my Fixers campaign, I want to raise awareness of BPD, especially in young men. Woman are statistically more willing to approach a doctor with health complaints, whereas men are far more reluctant.

 

I want to encourage men to speak up if they are worried about their mental health and, like me, look forward to a brighter future.

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

 

Adei Bundy Aiman Buhlaiqah
Alexander Ezedin Alex Godley
Ans Fayaz Chelsea Kay
Daniel Orchard Eva Gaere
Hannah Kings James Taylor
Lorna Masika Maaz Shaffi
Matthew Cernuschi Zhenyi Wang

 

 

The University of Nottingham
Staff at The University of Nottingham support my Fix. They helped me gather information on Borderline Personality Disorder and allowed me to film part of my broadcast piece on campus. Dr Vincent Egan, Associate Professor of Forensic Psychology Practice at the University, was interviewed to appear in the film.

January 2014
My campaign was featured and I was interviewed on Mansfield 103 Radio and BBC Radio Nottingham to discuss my project.

 

Articles about my Fixers project also appeared in the Nottingham Post, Hucknall Dispatch and Mansfield Chad. Click on the newspaper names to read the stories.

 

Feedback from my campaign has been really encouraging and positive. You can read some of these comments below:

 

Caroline Wilhelmsen, vInspired Team
'Wow! This is brilliant. You have used your talents to educate and raise awareness about BPD, it is horrendously stigmatised but like you said, you can recover from it. Really well done!'

 

Ruth Spencer,Shire Counselling
'Fantastic film. Please share and raise awareness.'

 

Christina

'I literally have no words. That really touched me. I'm also really proud that you've made that, I think it will help people. It's always good to reach out to people, a lot of people feel really alone when they have mental health problems, and it's nice to have someone to relate to!'

 

Lauren

'You reflect us (people with mental health) in such a positive way. It's made me cry.'

 

Adei
'Impressive and truly inspirational.'

 

Steph

'Straight to the point - it will definitely help people in a similar situation.'

 

Samantha

'Watched your 'Black & White' video and almost cried because you did such a good job! I am so proud of you buddy and I think you're very brave educating people about this.'

 

Chelsea

'Ian this is incredible, I cannot explain how proud I am of you, my little brother educating young people about mental health, impressive. This project will go far.'

 

Comments left by people who have read my news articles were equally as supportive. You can see these below:

 

'Thank you for speaking out on mental health. The more of us that speak out, the more people will understand and hopefully we can destroy the stigma.'

 

'Well done for standing up and talking about your mental health problems. The stigma that people receive is shocking, especially those who have BPD.'

 

'It is only through the work of such courageous individuals that the current mental health disaster can be highlighted and support and care can be improved. I have nothing but praise for Mr Kay.'

 

'A moving and very informative film. I knew nothing of all this. Thank you.'

 

'What a moving interview. I have family members with mental health issues and know how hard it is for them to talk about it. Best wishes to you Ian and thanks for the insight you've given.'

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Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.

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