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Posted On: 7th Apr 2016

Coping Mechanisms

Angharad wants to help young people with poor mental health
Angharad wants to use her experiences to help others

A woman battling schizophrenia and anorexia has launched a campaign to help young people struggling with their mental health.

 

Angharad May from Ruthin, North Wales, has been affected by mental illness since she was a child.

 

She says: ‘My mental illnesses have made me feel worse than useless. I have hated myself with such a ferocious passion that I have wished I was dead.’

 

But the 26-year-old has managed to turn her negative outlook around by developing hobbies such as walking, arts and crafts, playing the piano, exercising, singing and baking.

 

Now she is encouraging others to find healthy coping mechanisms, and with Fixers, she has produced a leaflet containing helpful suggestions which she plans to share in schools.

 

 

She says: ‘I have been taught a lot of coping mechanisms over the years, which are so useful for me when I'm struggling. They act as a great distraction when my mental health is bad.

 

‘The message I want to get across is for young people to find ways of maintaining positive mental health when they go through stressful periods such as exams, or family troubles.

 

‘Break things down into manageable tasks, day by day, hour by hour or even minute by minute. 

 

‘The more you fight, the stronger you become and the less overwhelming things seem.’

 

 

Although Angharad admits recovery is not easy, she wants people to know that it’s possible.

 

She says: ‘Believe in yourself and never stop fighting.  Choosing to fight is one of the bravest things you could ever do’.

 

‘I will be honest: recovery is not easy, but when was anything worthwhile ever easy?’

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: Carrie Garrad

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