Aware that social anxiety disorder can leave a person feeling isolated, Hannah Kara is keen to show those living with the condition that help is at hand.
The 20-year-old from Canterbury in Kent, who has experienced the impact of mental ill health, is urging others not to feel afraid to seek support.
‘I have social anxiety and it was something that I was scared to share,’ explains Hannah.
‘It meant I couldn’t always do the things that I could do before and I became afraid to be around people. It changed me as a person.
‘For the longest time, I was afraid to get help and I don’t want others to feel that way.
‘I think there’s a stigma around it and people fear they’ll be judged as being different.’
With Fixers, Hannah has helped create a film to raise awareness of social anxiety disorder – a condition that can cause a fear of social situations.
It shows how it can leave a young person feeling lost and alone, before offering suggestions on where to seek help.
Watch Hannah’s Fixers film ‘Hear Me Out: Social Anxiety Disorder’ at the top of this page.
‘When I saw the finished film I got goosebumps,’ she adds.
‘I hope that people will understand the message and will no longer be afraid to ask for support.
‘They should reach out and share their story with friends or a doctor so that they can get the help they need.’
This project is supported by the Youth Social Action Fund (YSAF).
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