24th Nov 2015
No Shame In Mental Health
Dagmara Podsiadlo is concerned that mental ill health in young people is often mistaken for teenage angst and wants to challenge that view so others her age can get the help they need.
The 18-year-old from Hull is keen to end the stigma surrounding conditions such as depression and feels that better understanding of the topic would encourage more people to speak out.
‘I’ve seen how mental health issues can impact the lives of others. It can be a very lonely place,' explains Dagmara.
‘One thing that can make it even harder is when people suggest it’s ‘a phase’.
'This isn’t helpful at all.
‘I hope that by lifting the lid on mental health in young people, I can show those affected that it’s not a weakness and there is help available.’
With Fixers, Dagmara and her team have helped to create a film to show others that there’s no shame in seeking support.
A young woman, played by an actress, writes a series of emotional letters in the film, after feeling misunderstood by those close to her.
But after realising that talking to someone can help, her letters transform into an inspirational reminder for others to never give up.
Watch the Fixers film 'To Whom it May Concern - Support in Mental Health' at the top of this page.
‘It’s a really moving and powerful film and I’m extremely happy with it,' Dagmara says.
‘I hope that it not only helps those dealing with mental health problems to realise that there is hope, but also educates others about how to support those going through difficult times.’
The team plan to share their resource in schools and colleges in Hull.
‘We just want our campaign to reach as many people as possible,’ Dagmara adds.
‘I think showcasing it in schools would be ideal to get the message across.
‘There is no shame in asking for help and that’s what this is all about.’
To find other resources on the topic of mental health, and watch more Fixers films, click on the image below.