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Posted On: 3rd Mar 2014

Mental Health Fix On ITV

Fixer Sarah Harmon
Sarah delivers trial run of her workshop
April Cullen, Mid Powys Mind

A Fixer from Mid Wales is drawing on her own experiences to improve young people’s understanding of mental health.

 

Her story was shown on ITV News Cymru Wales on Thursday 6th March.

 

Twenty-year-old Sarah Harmon from Presteigne, who first experienced mental health issues at the age of 16, feels there is still a stigma attached to such illnesses.

 

By challenging negative perceptions, she hopes that others will be encouraged to seek the support they need.

 

‘It’s hard to describe how low you’re feeling,’ Sarah says.

 

‘It’s like you have this black brick inside you. It makes you feel so heavy and so tired, and you don’t feel all there.

 

‘When you get to that point, it’s really difficult to function in everyday life.

 

‘I have improved a lot over the years, so I’m doing better – but it’s a long road.’

 

With Fixers, Sarah is devising a workshop to be delivered at local colleges.

 

It will focus on a variety of mental health conditions, their causes and tell-tale signs, as well as offer information on where young people can go for help.

 

April Cullen, Manager at Mid Powys Mind, also appears in the film, in support of Sarah’s campaign.

 

‘There needs to be more information in colleges and schools so mental health becomes a normal aspect of our education,’ April says.

 

‘That way we won’t be stigmatising it.’

 

Sarah adds: ‘I want people to be able to go out and get help for their mental health, but I also want those who don’t suffer from mental health problems to be able to understand and be more non-judgemental and open-minded.'

 

Author: Emily Tolloczko

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