Worried that young people can sometimes cope with emotional distress unhealthily, Holly Cranston and her group are reminding others that help is available if they know where to look.
The 17-year-old from County Down in Northern Ireland is concerned that lack of knowledge about mental health support could lead to people developing negative coping mechanisms.
‘We feel that many young people are affected by mental health issues,’ explains Holly.
‘It can be because of a number of reasons such as school stress, family, relationships, friends, bullies, and there is also a lot of pressure on young people to fit in and be successful.
‘Depression could result in health issues such as eating disorders or self-harm, and some people may even take their own lives if they are not aware that they can get help.’
According to re-think.org, 1 in 10 young people are experiencing mental health problems, an average of about 3 students in every classroom.
These statistics for Holly hint at an unfortunate outcome for those who don’t speak up about their troubles.
‘I want young people to know that they can get the support they need no matter what the issue is,’ she explains.
‘It could help to prevent unnecessary deaths that show the lengths some young people have gone to deal with their problem.’
With the aid of Fixers, Holly and her group have created a film encouraging those struggling with mental health issues to share their concerns with others.
Watch 'Pass It On: Tackling Mental Health' at the top of this page.
Commenting about the film, Holly says: ‘It will benefit anyone who is insecure and doesn’t know how to deal with their emotional problems.
‘Hopefully young people will be able to relate to it.
‘The whole community should see it and share it. I want this message to get around.’
For more information and help with mental health issues, visit www.mind.org.uk.
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