Jamie's story

'I feel like you need a voice, because some adults, they don't want to listen to you.'

Throughout school, Jamie was bullied, leaving him feeling isolated and alone. When he began struggling further with his mental health in college, he was referred to one of our drop-in services. Since then, things have started to get better.

'School wasn't a happy place for me.'

At school, Jamie was bullied by his classmates. They would steal his money and force him to buy things for them.

Jamie's mental health declined further at college when he began to struggle with anxiety and suicidal thoughts

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'I kept on leaving classes and just hanging on the top of the stairs wanting to jump off and end my life.'

Jamie was referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) but outside of the appointments, he still needed someone to talk to and rely on.

His college tutor signposted him to one of our services where he could drop in and talk to a trained mental health practitioner seven days a week.

'When I'm having a difficult time, I come in and I chat with someone and I feel better.'

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Our services provided practical support to manage anxiety, a safe space to talk about emotions, and access to participatory groups where Jamie could make friends.

'I feel like my life would be rubbish if I wasn't there, because there'd be no one to talk to.'Jamie has been using our services for three years now and hopes to be an advocate for those experiencing challenges or don't feel listened to. 

Only by listening to young people like Jamie can we help them overcome the challenges of modern childhood. 

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