Recognising that young people don’t always speak up when something is bothering them, Georgie Mallett is encouraging teenagers to talk about their troubles before they escalate.
The 18-year-old from Woking in Surrey wants others to realise that no matter how insignificant their problems may seem, there’s always someone they can turn to for help.
‘I want to give young people the confidence to share whatever it is they’re dealing with,’ Georgie explains.
‘I want to show them that it’s okay to talk about the small things that are bothering them.
'If they don't, they can become the bigger, more horrible things.
‘I had a friend who came to me with one of the bigger problems.
'After talking to her I could see that it stemmed from lots of smaller things.
'It would have been better if she’d gone to someone sooner.’
With Fixers, Georgie has helped create a film urging young people not to bottle up their emotions.
It shows a teenage girl in two different scenarios. In the first, she doesn’t talk to her friends about something that’s bothering her, leaving her feeling isolated and miserable. In the second, she does raise the issue and clears the air, avoiding any further upset.
You can watch the film ‘It’s Good To Talk’ at the top of this page.
‘I think the film is brilliant. It gets across exactly what I want it to,’ Georgie says.
‘The issue is really small. The main character gets drink spilt on her cardigan and she falls out with her friends over it.
‘If she’d spoken to her friends she would have discovered that it was just a misunderstanding and the problem wouldn’t have escalated.’
Georgie wants to show her video during workshops she’s planning to run at local schools.
Aiming her presentation at pupils in Years 8 and 9, she hopes to be able to encourage them to speak out about anything that’s worrying them.
‘I want to get across that whatever the problem is, whether it’s big or small, talking about it will help,’ she adds.
‘I want people to feel confident enough to speak to someone – whether it be a friend, family member, teacher, counsellor or someone from an organisation like ChildLine.
‘The message is talk about it or it will just get bigger. It won’t go away.’
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Also encouraging young people to speak about their feelings is Mia Sweet.
Watch her TV story.