20th Aug 2015
Recovery Is A Journey
A Fixer from Peterborough, who was sectioned as she battled mental health issues, wants to show young people with similar conditions that recovery is possible.
‘Hannah’, whose real name has not been used, found ways to cope with her illness and is now encouraging others to seek the help they need to get better.
‘I want to show the effects that having a mental health condition had on my life,’ explains 25-year-old Hannah.
‘I went from being at my lowest and being sectioned by the police, to being at my happiest by learning ways to deal with my condition.
'Others should know that they too can recover.’
With Fixers, Hannah has helped create a film to tell her story and offer insight into how she managed mental illness.
Photos of an actress are used to demonstrate the difficulties Hannah experienced and the coping mechanisms she used while on the road to recovery.
You can watch the Fixers film ‘Mental Health: Recovery is a Journey’ at the top of this page.
‘I love the film because it’s really effective and tells my story well,’ Hannah says.
‘To aid their recovery, people can talk to someone, do things they enjoy, keep a diary or join a support group.’
Hannah wants to show her Fixers film to school pupils and mental health organisations and hopes to hold workshops in the classroom.
‘Mental health is not a life sentence. It is something you can recover from,’ she adds.
‘If I can do it, so can many others.’
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Hannah has also been speaking about her project on TV.
Watch the broadcast piece.