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Mia

Mia

Name: Mia Sweet
Age: 17
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Abertillery, Wales
Campaign: To encourage young people to talk about their feelings

Talking about emotions may seem like a small act, but not talking about these feelings can actually have a large impact on your mental health.

 

I know what it is like to keep these issues bottled up and how much damage it can cause.

 

My mother passed away when I was nine years old. It was a very traumatic experience and led me to develop depression.

 

Having been through this experience, I now want to let other young people struggling with emotional problems know that help is out there and that it’s okay to talk.

 

Although my campaign will target secondary school students – I hope that others outside this demographic will also benefit as mental health can affect everybody.

 

I want young people to know that help and support is available to them, and they should never be afraid to speak out.

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

Thomas Parsons Gareth D'Arcy
Jessica Salathial Katie O'Sullivan
Owen Elkins Ryan Hale
Emily-Ann Lloyd Rebecca Hucker
James Price Paige Ford
Geena Knight Sebastian Mischker
Dominic Cousins Jordan Wright
Liam Fletcher Callum Westcott
Corey Russell Richard Liam Wyatt
Rhys Males Oliver Baush-Jones
Megan Womersley Connor Mcneill-Davies
Alex Richards  

Time To Change Wales
The team behind Time To Change Wales, a campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems, support this project. Sara Powys, Social Leadership Lead Officer, agreed to be interviewed to appear in my broadcast piece. She’s also asked me to become an ambassador for Time To Change Wales as a result of my Fix.

Coleg Gwent
The staff at Coleg Gwent have supported my project. They allowed me to present my Fixers film to media students.

Newport Youth Service
Katie Griffiths, a Senior Youth Worker at Newport Youth Service, has supported my project. She featured in my Fixers film, playing the role of the mum, and also attended the launch event for the film. She brought a group of young people with her to join the audience.

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:

 

'You should be very proud! Don't keep your feelings in, always let them out!'

 

'A brilliant film Mia! You've shown great courage and commitment in sharing your experience.'

 

'Amazing video! Your video was really inspirational, a lot of the points you made really hit home. Excellent job!'

 

'Brilliant video, such an important message. We need more young people like you, especially to go into schools!'

 

'It's fantastic because it gave us information on what happens and why you should care.'

 

'It's really helpful to people who are suffering from depression. It lets them  know that they aren't alone and can talk to people.'

 

 

 

Fixer Mia Sweet and her team after the event

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