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Posted On: 29th Oct 2015

Un-Masking Mental Health

Fixer Lauren Sloan
The encouraging message featured on the poster
An image from the Fixers poster

Lauren Sloan wants young people to open up about their mental health and find help if they need it, because she’s concerned that many are suffering in silence.

 

The 19-year-old from Ballymartin in Northern Ireland, who has an anxiety disorder, believes support can be hard to find and wants others to know where they can get help.

 

‘I was diagnosed with anxiety after months of unexplained episodes,' explains Lauren.

 

'It was only because of my family that I knew where to get help.

 

'When you have mental ill health it’s about knowing that there is always somewhere you can go.

 

‘There are support systems all over the country for young people, starting with your doctor.

 

‘Other support systems include charities like the Samaritans and the NSPCC which run excellent counselling sessions.’

 

 

 

 
With Fixers, Lauren has created a poster reaching out to anyone struggling, and giving links to sources of help.

 

The image features a young man whose face is shown as a mask, while the message urges the viewer not to ‘mask your mental health.’  

 

You can view Lauren's Fixers poster 'Mental Health' by clicking on the image below. 

 

Mental Health Newcastle

 

‘The poster looks absolutely fantastic,’ comments Lauren.

 

‘It really portrays everything that needs to be said.

 

‘I hope those who need it will see it. This poster should catch the eye of everyone.’

 

The poster is due to be displayed around Newcastle, County Down, where Lauren hopes it will encourage those suffering in silence to share their problems.

 

‘You may feel like the world is against you but I promise you there is always someone who will understand,’ she adds.

 

‘Never give up on your fight for a healthy mind.’

To see other resources on the topic of mental health, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: Cara Laithwaite

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