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.