After the stress of school exams caused him to have panic attacks, James Clark wants to help young people overcome anxiety.
The 17-year-old from Crook in County Durham hopes that by sharing his story he can provide comfort to others facing similar challenges.
‘It all started towards the end of secondary school,’ explains James.
‘I began to worry about what I was going to do with my life and the fear of failure was really getting me stressed.
‘By using breathing techniques and taking my mind off things, I learnt how to manage my emotions.
‘I’m hoping to show others like myself that anxiety doesn’t have to rule your life and there is a way of controlling it.’
With Fixers, James has helped produce a leaflet to spread his message.
Using striking images, it highlights the symptoms of anxiety attacks and suggests ways to keep them at bay.
Read James’ Fixers leaflet by clicking on the image below.
‘I really like the leaflet,’ James says.
‘Some people who suffer with anxiety often feel as though they won’t be taken seriously and tend to keep their feelings a secret.
‘I hope my campaign can help them through these difficult times and also make them understand the importance of talking to someone.’
James plans to share his leaflet with 16 to 18-year-old students, who could be at risk of struggling with the pressures of school life.
He adds: ‘While secondary school is a place for young people to thrive, sometimes the expectation to do well can be overwhelming.
‘I’m passionate about this because I’ve seen what anxiety can do.
‘That’s why it’s crucial these individuals know there is help out there.
‘They don’t have to suffer in silence.’
For more information and advice on mental health issues, visit mind.org.uk.
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