When my mum died, it hit me hard. I bottled it up because I didn’t really trust anyone with my personal life and everyone that tried to help me, I pushed away. I ended up drinking a lot and getting into fights, which I regret now.’
Louis Choules from Margate is using his experience of bereavement to show others, who have lost loved ones, the importance of talking to someone.
His story was broadcast on ITV News Meridian (E) on Thursday 7th January.
In the TV film, the 19-year-old explains how his mother’s death affected him and talks about using music to express his feelings.
‘I was 13 when my mum passed away. I felt anger, pain and sadness. I felt like she was leaving me behind,’ explains Louis.
‘As soon as I found music, it changed my life. It’s a release of stress and a way to explain how you’re feeling. With Fixers I'm making a music video relating to my mum's death.
‘I want to help people understand that they shouldn’t turn to things like alcohol or drugs. They don’t help, talking about it does.’