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Posted On: 4th Jun 2013

Self-Harm Story on ITV

Fixer Natalie Brown
Natalie speaking with college students
Leicester College Counsellor Debbie Preston

A Leicester teenager is using her personal experiences to address the issue of self-harming, so adults, parents and professionals can better recognise the potential signs and symptoms in young people.


Fixer Natalie Brown (18) self-harmed in the past as a way to cope with bullying she experienced in school.


‘Whenever things got too much, I would try and keep it all bottled up, but a lot of the time I’d end up hiding away in the bathroom self-harming,' she explains.


'I would use a razor blade to cut my legs. I would cut my thighs as it was easily hidden.


Natalie hopes her Fixers poster campaign will break the typical ‘cutter’ stereotypes by showing how self-harming can be covered up.


‘My Fixers project is about raising awareness of how common self-harming is amongst teenagers.


‘I’ve been taking the posters to colleges aiming to break the misconceptions that come with self-harming.’


The awareness posters – which were shown at Leicester’s West End Gallery earlier this year – show young people in everyday situations and provide a glimpse of what they may be thinking or feeling.


Debbie Preston, a Counsellor at Leicester College, says: ‘I think what Natalie’s doing is absolutely wonderful. I think she’s challenging the stigma that unfortunately surrounds self- harm.


‘Working as a counsellor here at the college, we’ve definitely noticed an increase in the incidents and anything that raises awareness has got to be a good thing.’


Natalie adds: ‘I think by shining a light on self-harming itself, it will open people’s eyes more to it, to understand that you can get help for it and there is support everywhere, for anybody who needs it.’


Author: N. Farooq


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