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Louis

Louis

Name: Louis Choules
Age: 17
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Margate, Kent
Campaign: To help people to deal with the loss of a loved one

I experienced depression at the age of thirteen when my mother passed away.

 

It was a really difficult time and I bottled up my emotions instead of reaching out to those closest to me.

 

It caused me to drink a lot which I now regret.

 

With Fixers and the rest of my team, I’m helping people who have been through bereavement to speak about their pain rather than turning to negative things hoping it will go away.

 

It’s important that others realise that they’re not alone and that there are people they can talk to who can help.

Tyrone Webb, Charlotte Lewis and Connor Airs are helping me with my Fix.

Youth Social Action Fund
My Fixers project was supported by the Cabinet Office’s Youth Social Action Fund.

As part of the Cabinet Office initiative ‘Step Up to Serve’, which is spearheaded by HRH the Prince of Wales, Fixers is working in partnership with the Youth Social Action Fund (YSAF) to offer the Fixer experience specifically to young people aged between 16 and 20 in Birmingham and parts of Kent.

 

Peter Nix
Peter is supporting our project. We used his photography studio to take the images that are going to be used for our Fixers poster.

 

Holding on Letting Go

I would like to thank Bereavement Support Counsellor, Caroline Ford, for agreeing to be interviewed to appear in our TV film.

 

Quarterdeck Youth Centre

I would like to thank Justin Wanstall, Alison Small and the team who supported me throughout his project and provided locations for both the music video and broadcast film.

 

Kate Trevelyan also lost her mother when she was a teenager and shared her experience with me during filming.

October 2014

Several organisations have requested copies to use in their outreach work, after spotting the potential of our Fixers posters.

 

East Kent College (3,000 students) is using them in their Youth HQ. They are also being used by a National Citizen Service coordinator at a youth club in Crewe, Cheshire, and by Catch22 in their youth club.

 

Our Fixers posters and message have also spread to Scotland, where they are being used at drop-in youth services in Leith, Edinburgh.

 

The charity Fast Forward, based in Edinburgh, also plan to use the posters. Simon Atkins, Peer Education Network and Communications Officer of Fast Forward, says they could be seen by at least 150 people.

 

He adds: “We think the poster communicates a really important message about mental health among young people, helps raise awareness and shows them where to go for help. It also looks great!”

 

June 2014
We launched our poster at East Kent College’s Broadstairs campus on Wednesday 25th June as part of EKC Fest.

We set up a stand to display our poster and were able to chat to those attending the event about our campaign.

We received some positive feedback as people were keen to hear about our proactive approach.  We now hope we’ll be able to get the poster displayed in places like doctors’ surgeries and libraries.

 

Louis (far right) and his team launch their Fixers poster at East Kent College

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