A young woman who battled depression at college has launched a campaign to help young people cope with the condition.
19-year old Dayna Ruscoe from Wrexham has produced a leaflet, with the help of Fixers, that lists the symtoms - including low mood, lack of energy and poor self-worth - and gives an insight into her own experience, as well as tips on what she found helpful.
Dayna started to suffer from low moods in her first year of college. ‘My depression seemed to come from nowhere and I didn't really know what to do with myself.
‘At first I thought it was normal to be having the mood swings, but when my sleeping pattern started changing and I secluded myself from my friends I realised there was more to it.
‘The only way to describe it was like a big, bumpy roller coaster of emotions. It was hard for me to accept.’
One in ten young people between the ages of 5-16 years old will suffer from a diagnosable mental illness, which equates to three people in each school class.
She says: ‘Life gets difficult when you feel depressed because the simplest of tasks become the hardest. I felt empty and emotionally exhausted and I didn't really care about anything.’
Dayna eventually sought help, which was successful, and is encouraging other young people with depression to get assistance.
She says: ‘My family has been extremely supportive. I went to the doctors and started counselling, and now I’m a completely different person.'
Dayna and her friends handed out their leaflet at an event organised by the team in Wrexham town centre, where they hoped to get more people talking about depression.
Click on the image below to view the leaflet.
‘Our main message is that young people’s mental health and well-being is just as important as a person’s physical health.
'I want those struggling with depression not to be afraid to seek help and for people to be able to spot the symptoms and take depression.’