Diagnosed with a rare memory loss condition, that can cause her to forget who she is, Shauna Pugh is supporting other young people with mental health issues.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News Wales at Six on Thursday 5th February.
The 21-year-old from the Welsh town of Ystrad Mynach near Caerphilly has dissociative amnesia, and now wants to use her experiences to help those with similar issues realise there is help at hand.
‘I woke up one morning and my memory had just gone. I couldn’t remember who I was, where I was or what I was supposed to do that day,' explains Shauna.
‘Sometimes I’ve walked in the shower fully dressed and my mum has asked what I'm doing.
‘My project is about showing young people that anyone can suffer from a mental illness and there is support out there for them if they need it.’
With Fixers, Shauna has helped create a poster to raise awareness of her condition and increase understanding around mental health.
To see Shauna’s poster and find out more about her campaign, click on the image below.
Shauna’s mum Amanda appears in the broadcast, in support of the campaign.
‘To wake up and have your daughter not recognise who you are is traumatising,’ Amanda says.
‘She’s never given up – I can’t even explain in words how proud I am of her.’
Shauna adds: ‘I was looking at going to university to study law, but now I would rather help increase understanding around mental health in young people.
‘There is always support out there and if someone with a condition like mine, which is so rare, can get support, anyone can.’
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Holly Cranston is also showing young people with mental health
issues that help is available. Watch her Fixers film.