A young woman, who has struggled with self-harm for years, is shedding light on the issue through a powerful poster campaign. The posters are now available to the public and were unveiled at Leicester’s West End Gallery late last month.
The thought-provoking poster series was created by Fixer Natalie Brown with the help of Fixers and was shown at the gallery to around 20 guests made up of teachers, nurses, family and friends.
Wanting to break the typical “cutter” stereotypes, the 17-year-old’s posters show what appear to be normal young people in everyday situations with the view to highlight that inside they may be feeling something else.
Natalie, who is also pictured in one of the posters, has made huge progress with her battle with self-harm since leaving school, and feels this project is helping her move forward with her life.
‘The aim of the exhibition was to raise awareness and open peoples’ eyes.
‘You don’t really think when you’re self-harming. It’s only afterwards that you feel bad about it.
‘I hope my posters will help people who are going through it and encourage more people to pick up on the signs much earlier.
‘I’ve loved working with Fixers. It will not only change other peoples’ lives but it has also allowed me to better understand self-harm because there are a lot of negative stereotypes around it.’
Sara Auty, who is part of the creative team at Fixers, helped produce the posters. She adds: 'I'm really proud of Natalie and want to thank her for being such an inspiration.
'This really is a great campaign and I'm confident it will have a real impact.'
Take a look at Natalie's poster campaign below.