‘I want people to know that taking care of mental health is equally as important as taking care of physical health.’
After she was diagnosed with depression, 17-year-old Elise Towell from Whitby in North Yorkshire wants to show young people with mental health conditions that it’s okay to ask for help.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News Tyne Tees on Friday 11th September.
In the TV film, she urges others to be open about their feelings and shares her experiences of mental ill health.
‘Things started for me when I was about 11,' explains Elise.
'It was little stresses and worries that snowballed and by the time I was 14 or 15, I became depressed.
‘I thought the way I was feeling was just my personality. If I’d received some mental health education or been given some coping strategies, it might not have become such a big problem.’
Jacqui Hall from Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind appears in the broadcast piece, in support of Elise’s campaign.
‘In North Yorkshire, there are about 13,000 children with some form of mental health problem,' Jacqui says.
‘It’s important for them to look after their mental health because it can affect every part of their life.
'I think they can be taught to look out for the signs and symptoms so they can then go and ask for help.’
Elise adds: ‘It feels like an absolute dream come true to be able to speak out about mental health because it’s something I care about so passionately.
‘I feel it was my purpose to come out the other side and help people.’
You can watch Elise's TV film here at the top of this page.
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