‘My alcohol problems got especially bad when I was diagnosed with post-natal depression and I was drinking every day. I didn’t want to admit I was in a bad place. I didn’t want to see that there were other ways of coping.'
Ashleigh from Castle Douglas near Dumfries wants to show people, who are struggling with mental health issues, that drink and drugs are never the answer.
Her story was broadcast on Lookaround on ITV Border on Thursday 7th January.
In the TV item, the 26-year-old* shares her experiences of depression and her battle with alcohol.
‘The first few drinks would elevate my mood, so then I would keep drinking,’ explains Ashleigh.
‘But the more I drank, the more unstable I became.
'What I was trying to achieve really wasn’t working.
'My Fixers project is to encourage young people to get help for mental health issues, rather than turn to drink or drugs.'