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Posted On: 1st Oct 2013

Mental Help Fix on ITV Meridian

Fixers Grace and Jess
Fixers Grace and Jess lead a focus group to get ideas for their workshop
Francis Burrows from mental health service MindFull

After battling mental health issues triggered by traumatic events in their lives, two Fixers from East Sussex want to encourage others, like them, to seek help.

 

Their story was shown on ITV News Meridian (E) on Thursday 10th October.

 

Sixteen-year-old Grace Berkery from Crowborough was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following a serious house fire. She escaped by jumping from a window.

 

‘To begin with, I didn’t feel bad because I thought we were all safe, that was the main thing. But after that I began to get flashbacks,’ explains Grace.

 

‘I remember feeling really lost and not knowing what was normal.’

 

With the help of Fixers, Grace and her fellow Fixer Jessica Constable (16) have devised a workshop to take into schools and colleges to raise awareness of mental health. 

 

Francis Burrows, who is Director of Operations at MindFull, supports the Fixers' project, which specifically targets young people.

 

‘We know about a quarter to a half of all adult mental health problems can be prevented if they are treated during childhood and adolescence,’ says Francis.

 

‘It is really key to make sure young people know they can get help at the earliest opportunity.’

 

Fixers Grace and Jessica hope their project will help young people suffering with mental illnesses to get this support.

 

Jessica suffered mental health issues following the death of her grandad.  

 

'Eventually I ended up getting counselling. When I did, I found it really, really helpful,’ says Jessica.

 

‘My message to young people is get help as soon as you can. I promise you, when you do, everything will become clearer.’

 

Grace agrees: ‘By accepting yourself and the way you are feeling you are one step closer to being okay again.’ 

Author: Emily Tolloczko

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