Adam Dow is using his experience with depression to show young people with mental health issues the power of positivity.
The 20-year-old, who now lives in Glasgow, said he began to feel isolated and alone when he left home to study at university.
But after reaching out to people, he began to feel more optimistic and now wants others to do the same.
‘I began to realise something wasn’t quite right,’ explains Adam.
‘It was the first time I was alone with my thoughts and it was a massive change for me. I felt quite low and I was diagnosed with depression.
‘But then I began to make small changes in my life such as not putting myself in negative situations, which really helped and I’m doing a lot better now.
‘I want to show people who are struggling with mental health issues, how, sometimes, it can be a slight change of perspective which can help a lot.’
With the help of Fixers, Adam has helped to create a short film about his experiences.
In it he talks about his own battle with depression, the stigma he faced and how staying positive gave him the hope to get better.
Watch the film ‘My Depression’ at the top of this page.
‘I’m really happy with the film,' he adds. 'It’s been put together really well and I’m really grateful for the opportunity.
‘When people get a muscle injury they are told to work the body, I think it’s the same for the mind.
‘Depression is like living with another person inside your head. You need to take advantage of the moments that you can be yourself and not let the other person take control. That’s what I hope the film demonstrates.’
Adam is keen to share his film on social media and in local schools and colleges.
He said: ‘I want people who’ve been affected by mental health issues to take inspiration from my own story.
‘If this can help others realise that they can get better, then it all would have been worth it.’
This Fixers project is supported by Simplyhealth.
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