'I suffer from anxiety and depression. I’ve had panic attacks, low mood and insomnia. I couldn’t go out of the house and I had to leave school. I tried to commit suicide and had to spend time in hospital.'
Eighteen-year-old Georgia Douglas-Brown feels many people didn’t understand her mental health issues.
She hardly understood them herself.
'Sometimes you can be a prisoner to your own mind,' she says. 'When I was having panic attacks about leaving the house instead of a door I visualised a black wall. I physically couldn’t leave but really it was just a door.'
Fixers has helped Georgia, from Workington in west Cumbria, to make a film about her experience of mental illness.
'My film’s about what goes on inside your head - what you think people are thinking and what they’re actually thinking. So when you’re suffering from anxiety no-one might even notice you, but you’re thinking in your head that everyone’s saying all these horrible things about you and everyone’s looking at you. It’s a kind of over-thinking. Paranoia almost. The main message is you’re not alone. So that people who are watching know there are other people who have the same thoughts.'
Georgia, who now works as a Teaching Assistant, wants other sufferers to seek help.
'To young people in a similar situation I’d say tell somebody because no-one can help if they don’t know what’s going on. Expressing how I felt just meant that everyone was aware and they’re looking out for you more. It was like a weight came off my shoulders.'
Georgia says that now she has good days and bad days.
'I’d also like to say – don’t give up. The worst thing I think you can do, when you’re suffering from mental health problems is to let it win. I know it’s easier said than done but I always found that if I had one day off because I was having a bad day, I couldn’t go in the next day. Push yourself but know your limits. Small steps.'
Georgia’s film is being launched at the Theatre Royal in Workington later this month.
'I’m really excited about that,' she says. 'I hope that everyone who watches it will have a better understanding.'
Georgia’s film was funded by the Wellcome Trust.
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