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Posted On: 22nd Apr 2016

Taking Mental Health Seriously

Corin (right) re-enacts the moment his depression was dismissed in the film
Corin says adults don't take depression in young people seriously
Corin hopes his film will encourage others to seek help

A teenager whose depression was dismissed as "just a phase", wants people to start taking mental health seriously.

 

Corin Nelson, from Sunderland, is concerned that others like him are often seen as attention seekers and are afraid to ask for help.

 

The 17-year-old, who was diagnosed with depression three years ago, says: ‘I began feeling low at quite an early age. It just came out of the blue really; there was no real reason for it.

 

‘As I got older it began to get worse, but people just told me it was normal behaviour and part of growing up.

 

‘I was told it was just a phase, so it wasn’t until later that I finally decided to ask for help.

 

‘There is a stigma around young people’s mental health and it isn’t taken as seriously as it should be. This is something I hope to change.’

  

With Fixers, Corin has produced a short film which re-enacts the moments when his depression was dismissed by his peers as nothing more than a phase.

 

Watch the film at the top of this page.

 

 

He says: ‘It was hard dealing with my issues and I would keep them to myself.

 

‘I was often told it was normal and I wasn’t really taken seriously.

 

‘Thankfully, with the right support, I’m doing well now. I want others to see my story and know they can recover too.

 

‘I hope this campaign can highlight the problem so more people can get help.’

 

Corin, who works as a drum tutor and graphic designer, plans to share the film in local schools and colleges in Sunderland.

 

He adds: ‘I feel like I’m slowly getting back on track, but I want people to understand that mental health is real.

 

‘My hope is that this campaign can change people’s perceptions about the issue so that those who are struggling don’t feel as though they have to keep their problems a secret.’

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: N. Farooq

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