Six years after he first experienced depression, Kieran Lacey wants to show others that having a mental health condition is nothing to be ashamed of and that it’s perfectly okay to ask for help.
The 20-year-old, who lives in Cardiff, says he nearly took his own life and shut himself off from the rest of the world before he sought the help he needed.
‘The depression started when I was 14 but I had no idea what was happening to me,’ explains Kieran.
‘Time and time again I was told that what I was suffering wasn't real.
‘I felt a loneliness I didn’t think possible. Everything in my life seemed hopeless and I felt lost.
‘I wanted to fight back so that nobody has to feel the same fear and pain that I did and to help remove the stigma that surrounds mental health illnesses.’
With Fixers, Kieran has helped to create a short, documentary-style film to educate others about depression.
In the film, he speaks of his struggle with the illness and his recovery.
You can watch the film, ‘Inside My Head: Dealing with Depression’, at the top of this page.
Kieran plans to launch his resource as part of a ‘Celebration of Youth’ event, which is being held at The Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff on Tuesday 1st December.
‘Being able to tell my story through this medium and use it to help others is a fantastic feeling,’ Kieran adds.
‘Depression is a real thing, and should never be ignored.
‘There is always hope and there is no shame in getting help.
‘Depression can be a dark and lonely place but it is possible to beat it. I did.’
To find other resources on this topic, and watch more Fixers films, click on the image below.