4th Nov 2015
Mental State Fix On ITV
‘In the past, I felt really alone with depression. I didn't talk about it to anyone. I was bullied – not just in school, but online as well.’
Nikita Bawden (17) from Great Torrington in Devon wants to show young people with mental health issues that they don’t have to suffer in silence.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News West Country (W) on Thursday 5th November.
In the TV piece, Nikita shares her experiences and introduces a film she’s created, with the help of Fixers, to offer insight into mental ill health and recovery.
‘It all began after my best friend moved away. I felt like she was the only person I liked and the only person who liked me,’ explains Nikita.
‘It was a horrible feeling. I remember it really well.
'My Fixers project is aimed at young people who may be facing mental health problems.
‘I’ve made a film that explains what I went through. But it also indicates how it got better for me.’
To watch Nikita's Fixers film, 'Mental Health & Marbles', click play below.
Nikita’s mum, Tina, appears in the broadcast to offer her views on her daughter’s campaign.
‘I just thought that she was doing her homework and talking to her friends online. I had no idea what she was going through, none at all,’ Tina says.
‘Now she is looking out for other people as well as herself. I’m so proud of what she’s doing.’
Nikita also has the support of Julie Brough from the Devon Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.
‘I’ve worked in Devon in children and young people's mental health for almost 30 years now, and every year we've seen an increase in referrals,’ Julie comments.
‘It's a very good idea to start thinking about how we can keep fit mentally. Films like this will help to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.’
Nikita adds: ‘I hope my film is shown in schools, youth clubs and colleges in Devon and elsewhere.
‘I want young people to realise that they're not alone.
‘By reaching out, they will get the support they need.’
This Fixers campaign is supported by Comic Relief.
To find other resources on the issue of mental health, and watch more Fixers films, click on the image below.