Having dealt with depression as a teenager, Rachel Brown wants young people struggling with mental health issues to know that asking for help is not a sign of weakness.
The 21-year-old from Belfast is calling for others with similar experiences not to bottle up their emotions.
‘Being diagnosed with clinical depression in my late teens left me feeling completely lost and like there was no return,’ explains Rachel.
‘But thanks to support from my family and friends, I pushed through.
‘I don’t want young people to feel ashamed to seek help. I want them to have the confidence to make their voice heard.’
With Fixers, Rachel has helped produce a poster campaign focussed on depression in young people.
It urges others to take the illness seriously, while encouraging those experiencing mental health conditions to talk about their feelings.
To enlarge Rachel’s Fixers poster, click on the image below.
‘The poster looks fantastic and is really eye-catching,’ Rachel says.
‘I hope my campaign will give young people, who are struggling with mental health conditions, the confidence to speak about their issues and be taken seriously.’
Rachel plans on sharing her resource with schools, colleges and local doctor’s surgeries.
‘I want to display it everywhere I can,’ she adds.
‘Hopefully people will take inspiration from my story and realise that no matter how hopeless the situation may seem, they can get through it.
‘It's not easy and even now I still have my moments. The key is to surround yourself with supportive people and not be afraid to speak out.’
For more information and advice on mental health issues, visit mind.org.uk.
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