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Grace and Jess

Grace and Jess

Name: Grace Berkery and Jess Constable
Age: 16
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Crowborough, East Sussex
Campaign: Help for young people with mental health issues

We want to raise awareness of mental health issues among young people.

 

We both have personal experience with mental health conditions and want to make sure those who are suffering get the help they need.

 

Grace's story:

Being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder almost came as a relief. I realised I had a problem that, with help, I could overcome.

 

It was triggered by a serious fire at my house. I remember looking through the banisters and seeing flames coming from the kitchen. My dad said we had to get out, so we jumped from the window on to the roof.

 

To begin with I didn’t feel bad, because I thought we were all safe, which was the main thing. Then the flashbacks started. I felt lost and didn’t know what was normal.

 

Being diagnosed made everything clearer and it felt like a big step on my way to being okay again.

 

Jess' story:

For me, it was losing my grandad that triggered my mental health issues.


I found counselling really helpful and want young people who find themselves in a similar position to get help as soon as they can.

 

For our Fixers project, we will be running workshops in local schools. We hope it will encourage young people to challenge the myths surrounding mental health and will aim to provide those that are suffering with coping strategies.

Francis Burrows, Director of Operations at MindFull
Francis supports our Fixers project. He was interviewed for our broadcast piece for ITV news and has seen our workshop presentation and given us feedback. He tweeted about us too.

 

Beacon Community College

The college supports our Fixers project. We are going to run workshops with PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) classes in the run-up to World Mental Health Day.

 

Sussex CAMHS
Our local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services support our Fixers project. They offer assessment and treatment for children and young people with mental health needs.

 

 

 

October 2013

We represented Fixers at international auction house Christie's staff quiz night. We spoke to the employees about our Fixers project and played them our ITV broadcast piece, which you can watch below.

 

 

Our story was featured in the Sussex Courier


We held our first workshops, using our presentation, at Beacon Community College during the second week of October.

 

 

​We have had postive feedback so far from the public, with people complimenting our project. We've been told that we're doing a '​great job' ​and that our campaign is ​'brilliant'​. We've also been described as 'brave' for using our 'traumatic experiences' for the 'greater good.' We've also been thanked for 'actually doing something about this important issue.'

 

We've also had feedback from the college.

 

Hayley Bodman, who is the PSHE teacher, said: 'The project makes young people think about what others might be going through. Many of the younger ones may have no idea. This could enable them to identify any issues sooner rather than later.'

 

A teaching assistant added: 'It was very informative and I'm really pleased to see this starting to happen. It should be seen in schools a lot more. This particular group was mainly boys, with just one girl, so maybe they will find it more difficult to share their feelings in public.'

 

The Year 8 pupils that have participated in the workshop said they learned how to help other people, and that they could talk if they needed to. They also told us they now realised that everyone can experience depression, not just adults.

September 2013

We have created a Facebook Page and Twitter account to accompany our project.

 

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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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