A group of Fixers are using a website to provide support to people with mental health conditions, and to provide a forum where young people can discuss their feelings to ensure they don’t feel alone.
Peterborough Fixers Andrew Cooley (16), Megan Hulme (16), and Cydney Beagley (17) developed the idea for their ‘Headout’ website based on experiences with depression, both personally and through their friends.
They believe one of the first steps to good mental health is to ensure there is a place for young people to talk about their feelings.
Lead Fixer Cydney Beagley (17) developed depression during her teens after her mum was diagnosed with breast cancer.
‘I could not cope with the fact that I might lose my mum,’ says Cydney. ‘I began to stop eating, and I just did not feel worthy of anything. It would strain my body, and I would ache and sometimes collapse.
‘It took until my mum recovered before I was diagnosed with teenage depression, and I began treating the depression with no medication and just changing my life, my habits, and what I do in my spare time.
‘Thankfully all this worked, and now I feel myself again,’ says Cydney. ‘But a lot of people struggling with mental health issues think they have no one. There is help out there, but it seems so hard to find.’
Statistics from mental health charity Mind estimate that 300 out of every 1,000 people in the UK suffer from a mental health condition each year.
The Fixers hope to update their site with regular written and video blogs in the coming months, and hope young people will see their site as a place to go for confidential, helpful support.
‘We hope this site educates people who may not understand the problems people with mental illnesses face, and allows young people the opportunity to seek help if they think they have any mental health condition,’ adds Cydney.
You can visit the website by clicking this link or the image below.