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Posted On: 17th Feb 2014

Being Mindful of Mental Health

Fixer Becky Walker
Close up of Becky in film
Becky hopes to raise awareness about mental health

A Harrogate Fixer hopes her campaign will show how mental health problems can often be misunderstood in young people.

 

Twenty-one-year-old Becky Walker is worried others her age aren’t diagnosed quickly enough, because the illness can be mistaken for teenage angst.

 

Despite having a history of depression and self-harm, the Fixer maintains as bad as things can get, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

 

‘With something like depression, it feels like your whole world turns black and white,’ she said.

 

‘At my lowest, the things that I used to get excited about didn’t interest me any more.

 

‘You begin to think, "Would anybody miss me if I wasn’t here?"

 

‘But just when you feel all hope’s lost, you find something positive - something worth living for. You have to grab hold of it, which is what I did and it’s the best feeling in the world.’

 

With the help of Fixers, Becky has created a film, which aims to get more young people talking about mental health and also encourages better understanding among the public.

 

‘I’m thrilled with how it turned out,’ Becky explains. ‘The point was to show that many young people face personal battles. Just because you can’t always see them, doesn’t mean they’re not there.

 

‘It was hard re-living my past when we were making it, but if the film gets more people talking about the issue, then it would have been worth it.’

 

Becky wants to spread her message in secondary schools, where she feels students could benefit from knowing more about these issues, which could possibly affect them later in life.

 

‘Particularly with mental health, I always think hearing from a person who has been through it themselves is invaluable, because they know exactly how it can feel,’ she explains.

 

‘I want to thank Fixers for helping me with this project. I honestly believe if I’d have seen this film eight years ago, my life may have turned out differently. And that’s what I now want for others.’

 

Watch Becky's film 'Talk About Mental Health' at the top of this page.

 

If you or someone you know may be experiencing mental health problems, visit the Mind website or call the hotline on 0300 123 3393.

 

Author: N. Farooq

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