Concerned that young people don’t always know when to seek help if they’re feeling low, a group of Fixers from Kent are raising awareness of teenage depression.
They’ve come up with a checklist of symptoms to help others identify when they should talk to their GP.
‘I got involved in this Fix because I suffered depression at 13 when my mum passed away,’ explains Louis Choules.
The 17-year-old, who's leading the project with Charlotte Lewis, adds: 'I found it a struggle to get out of bed.
‘We want others to speak about the condition.
'They shouldn't hide it or hold it in.’
With Fixers, the team has created a poster asking young people a series of questions, which include 'Are you in a continuous low mood?’ and ‘Do you feel irritable and intolerant of others?’
It suggests that anyone who’s answered yes to most of the questions should seek advice from their doctor.
‘If I’d seen a poster like this when I was experiencing depression, I would have found someone to talk to,’ says Louis.
‘People should know that they’re not alone and that there are people that can help them.’
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Members of the team launched the poster at East Kent College’s Broadstairs campus on Wednesday 25th June.
Manning a stand at EKC Fest, the Fixers received positive feedback from visitors keen to hear about their proactive approach.
They now plan to visit local doctors’ surgeries and libraries to ask them to display the poster.
‘I would like it put up anywhere and everywhere to raise awareness,’ Louis adds.
‘It would mean a lot to me, having experienced this myself, to help other people.’
This project was supported by the Youth Social Action Fund (YSAF).
If you are feeling down and need help, visit the Get Connected website or call them free on 0808 808 4994.
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