Thursday, 5 August 2021

"I LOVED MY EXPERIENCE WITH EASTENDERS" | Q&A WITH EASTENDERS ADVISOR & MIND MEDIA CHAMPION; ANTONIO FERREIRA

Q1: How old were you when you first began to struggle with your mental health? 

15 years of age. 

 

Q2: Which ‘symptoms’ did you experience first? 

Paranoia, impulsivity, low mood, auditory hallucinations.  

 

Q3: What was your first thought when you began struggling? Were you scared? 

At first, I was ignorant to my own symptoms then I began to feel more and more worried – not necessarily scared. 

 

Q4: At what point did you get help and support for your mental illness? 

Initially, during high school, after being referred by my GP, however, help and support became a lot more prominent/vigorous after I reached crisis point. 

 

Q5: What would you say has been the lowest point in your journey? 

Having most of my teenage years taken away from me. 

 

Q6: What has been your most stable and happy moment or point in your journey?  

From the start of my campaigning and onwards 

 

Q7: How and why did you begin volunteering for Mind? 

At first, it was just a plan to gain extra experience for my Psychology degree. However, the more I got involved, the more I discovered the passion I had for such activities! 

 

Q8: Did you enjoy your experience with EastEnders? What was your favourite moment? 

I loved my experience with EastEnders! My favourite moment was being on set and talking to the team! 

 

Q9: What one lesson did you learn in working with the cast and Producers? 

Opportunities are everywhere. 

 

Q10: What one piece of advice would you give to someone struggling with their mental health? 

Try to be patient, because progress is better than complete conclusion. 


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