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Posted On: 11th Mar 2014

It's OK To Talk

Fixer Mia Sweet
On set of the Fixers film
A scene from the completed film

After experiencing the loneliness of depression, a Fixer from Abertillery in South Wales is encouraging young people to be more open about their feelings.


Seventeen-year-old Mia Sweet lost her mother at a young age and kept her emotions bottled up - she now wants others to know that it's OK to talk.


‘I was 9-years-old when my mother died but the depression kicked in later in life, when I hit my teens,’ says Mia.


‘I found myself feeling down and alone and like I couldn’t tell anybody how I felt.


‘I carried on with my life, trying the best I could to keep a smile on my face, but I bottled so many things up inside.’


It was when she decided to speak to a school counsellor that the teenager discovered the benefits of communication. 


‘My first session really helped me,' she adds.


‘That day I felt really good - like a big weight had been lifted off my shoulders.


‘Those were the first steps towards getting better.’


With the help of Fixers, Mia has created a film showing a school pupil struggling with depression, before she opens up to a friend.


She hopes that her message will be heard by young people and that her Fixers film will encourage those who may be feeling scared to talk, to discuss their emotions.


‘I plan to show my film to as many people as I can.


‘I’ll be sharing it on Facebook and Twitter and also trying to go around schools and colleges.


‘I really think this will be useful, because if someone is going through this, they can relate to it.’


You can watch the film 'Me & Myself' at the top of this page.


For more information and help with this issue, visit www.childline.org.uk, www.youngminds.org.uk or the NHS advice page on childhood depression.

Author: Cara Laithwaite


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