Some people may not believe me for saying I had a fear of going to school. But it’s absolutely true.
I developed school phobia when I was 11. It’s an anxiety disorder which caused me to genuinely panic about being in class.
I wasn’t bullied, I had friends and wanted to be with them, but I had an intense fear blocking me.
For our Fixers campaign, my group and I want to show that school phobia is a real anxiety disorder and should be taken seriously.
Hopefully this will raise enough awareness and help others like me get the support they need.
Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:
Dr Amy Dodd, Perspective Psychology
Dr Dodd is a Childhood Counselling Psychologist who supported my Fix by appearing in my ITV News broadcast to speak about school phobia.
A special thank you to my mum, Anni Bartle, who appeared in my broadcast film and strongly supports my Fixers campaign.
My story was featured in the Daily Express. Click on the image below to read the full article.
Fixer Summer Garcia and her mum, Anni, in the Daily Express
I've had some positive feedback since my campaign was broadcast on ITV News Calendar. You can read these comments below:
Alec Shelbrooke MP
'Great news article on ITV. Good to see these issues raised to bring greater public awareness.'
Margaret Emsley, ITV News Calendar
'Excellent film. Summer and her mum did a great job.'
'I once got a letter saying that my child has a phobia about school. It's not a nice thing to have to go through.'
'My sister has the same problem. My mum and dad have the same thing every day - she screams and refuses to go. She has done since she started nursery, she is now twelve and has the same problem.'
'I have been going through the same thing with my son. I've gone through everything and everyone for help.'
Me and my friends want young people to know that calories aren't the enemy!
Mary-Anne White and Lucy Wills
Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.