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Posted On: 7th Nov 2014

Managing Mental Health

Fixer Holly Westwood
Holly skating in her Fixers film
Holly wearing action video camera while skating

Wanting young people with mental health problems to speak up and find healthy coping mechanisms, Holly Westwood is demonstrating that the path to recovery is possible.

 

The 18-year-old from Burntwood, who experienced depression in her teens, says her passion for ice skating helped her focus on the positives during difficult times.

 

'For me, ice skating is my happy place – where I'm judged only by my skating ability and not the emotions that go on inside,' she describes.

 

'It was a distraction from my personal day-to-day sadness.'

 

Inspired to become a Fixer after seeing Stephen Sutton's campaign, Holly is hoping to use her story to highlight the importance of seeking help for mental health issues. 

 

'Young people can have feelings of isolation when they are suffering with a problem and they can feel like their friends and family will dislike them,’ explains Holly.

 

'I want to show others that they are not alone in their struggles.

 

'Anyone feeling distress should find someone in which they can confide in.'

 

With the help of Fixers, Holly has created a film outlining her personal experiences with depression and using her ice skating skills to provide a metaphor for the different stages of her recovery.

 

You can watch Holly's Fixers film 'Depression - It's Not All Over' at the top of this page.

 

'I hope that people will see my film and that it will have an impact on them,' she adds.

 

'Even if they don't suffer from mental health problems, they will know someone who does and they can help to educate them.

 

'I want other people to know that they are not alone and I want to encourage them to seek help – as this is the only way they'll get better.'

 

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 Watch Holly's TV story about her Fixers campaign here.

Author: Cara Laithwaite

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