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Posted On: 6th Feb 2018

Social Media Lifeline

Beverly wants to help people experiencing depression
Lauryn has helped to make a film showing how social media can help people with mental health issues
Lauryn and Beverly's film shows how mobile phones can be a lifeline

'I want to inspire people to reach out to someone and know that the internet has a good side, and that it is not all negative.' 

 

Two Fixers from North Shields who have battled mental health conditions want to show how social media can be used to seek help. 

 

21-year-old Beverly Held, who has experienced depression, wants to send a message of hope to other young people going through a hard time. 

 

Along with 19-year-old Lauryn Neasham, who has social anxiety, she has created a film showing how frequently young people use their mobile phones and how this can trigger or worsen mental health conditions, but can also be a lifeline for unhappy individuals. 

 

You can view it here. 

 

They will be telling their story soon on ITV News Tyne Tees. 


Beverly says: '
When I was suffering from depression I talked to Lauryn over social media first, because I couldn’t find the right words to tell her in person.

 

'You can go on websites where you can talk to people who have been through a similar situation, and then have conversations to figure out how to help someone else.' 

 

However, the pair admit that there are risks to using social media. 

 

 

Lauryn says: 'The negative side of social media is trolls and there’s a lot of horrible websites out there.

 

'I think our film helps young people relate to the negative sides, but we also showed what's good about social media and how you can use it to get help.' 

 

Professor Deborah Chambers, from the Media and Cultural Studies department at Newcastle University, is supporting their campaign. 

 

She says: 'Social media is great for things like everyday drama, spreading rumours, gossip, people finding out a bit about themselves and representing themselves, but at the same time people can hurt one another's feelings because we still haven’t learnt the rules yet. For young people it can be seriously traumatic.' 

 

Beverly adds: 'Hopefully one day I can help other people that have been in my situation so that they realise that there is help before it gets too bad.' 

 

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

 

Author: Molly Kersey

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