Keen to start conversations about mental health, Miriam Jarvis is showing young people that it is possible to move past the dark times and recover from psychological illness.
Her story was shown on ITV News West Country (W) on Thursday 6th November.
Drawing on her own experiences, Miriam, who’s 19 and from Plymouth, wants those with mental health difficulties to ask for support.
‘When I was younger, I struggled with mental health problems,' Miriam explains.
'This led to me being admitted into an adolescent psychiatric unit.
'Now I feel a lot more positive about my life.
'It’s important that people go and seek help.'
With Fixers, Miriam and her friend Alice have helped create a film in which they share their stories to show other young people that recovery is possible.
In the broadcast piece Miriam is seen showing the film to a group of young people.
She hopes to continue to share the resource in schools to prompt discussion about mental health.
You can watch the film ‘Cracked’ by clicking on the image below.
Sharon Claridge, Operations Manager at Plymouth and District Mind, also appears in the broadcast in support of Miriam’s campaign.
‘Mental health problems amongst young people in Plymouth are on the rise as they are in much of the rest of the country,’ Sharon says.
‘I think this film is great.
‘It may be the one thing that a young person sees that helps them understand that this is actually something they can get help for, and something they can change.’
Miriam adds: ‘Two years ago I wouldn’t have imagined myself to be sitting here now.
‘At the moment I’m studying at Plymouth University to become a mental health nurse so I can help other people.
‘I don’t think we realise the extent to which mental illness affects people in the UK. But, if you start the conversation, then you’ll see that everyone knows someone who is affected.’
For more information and advice on mental health, visit www.mind.org.uk.
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