4th Nov 2015
Teen Self-Esteem Fix On ITV
‘When I was younger I was fairly confident until I turned 14 and my hair started falling out. I had alopecia and my confidence plummeted. My self-esteem became very low.’
Seventeen-year-old Charlotte Lenman from High Wycombe wants to help other young people overcome their insecurities, after she went through the traumatic experience of losing her hair.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News London on Thursday 12th November.
‘Although my hair has grown back now, I felt very alone,’ Charlotte explains.
‘Everybody is insecure about something.
'You could be nervous about your hair, your body or your anxiety.
‘As part of my Fixers project, I put on an exhibition and took photos of people who have insecurities.
‘Everyone invited was encouraged to write positive comments about those who were featured.
‘It boosts their self-esteem and improves how they think about themselves.’
You can see what happened at Charlotte's exhibition by clicking play below.
Charlotte’s campaign is supported by Jules Bartlett, a young people’s therapist, who features in the broadcast piece.
‘Social media is throwing up the issue of personal confidence,’ Jules says.
‘There is a wide and varied range of problems that we’re seeing and a massive rise in anxiety disorders, depression and eating disorders.’
Charlotte adds: ‘If people open up, they will often find that others have the same confidence issues.
‘It’s much better to talk about these things because you’ll get them off your chest.’
To find other resources on this topic, and watch more Fixers films, click on the image below.