Beatrice

Beatrice: Somebody Like Me, #BeRealSchool in my own words

Beatrice, 13, is one of the young people that took part in our research report Somebody Like Me. Below she tells us about what she thinks about body confidence and her experience with body image anxiety in her own words. Sometimes I care about my looks, but not always. When I go to school I…

Nathan

Nathan: Somebody Like Me, #BeRealSchool in my own words

Nathan, 14, took part in a focus group for our new research report Somebody Like Me. Below he tells us why he thinks young people are increasingly worried about their looks, in his own words. With input from media and schools, there can be a lot of pressure to look a certain way or to…

Rianna

Rianna’s story

Rianna was trapped in an abusive relationship for several years. Her boyfriend beat her so badly that she ended up in hospital more than once. Then one day, when she was just 17 years old, Rianna summoned up all her courage and walked out the door. She didn’t have anywhere to go. But she was…

Dexter: #IAMWHOLE in my own words…

  Dexter, 17, London Dexter, a young transgender man, has struggled with mental health difficulties since he was 10-years-old. It was hard for his family to accept and, struggling to cope with his mental health difficulties on his own, Dexter self-harmed. At 15-years-old, he moved to London where his dad managed to get him help…

Louis: #IAMWHOLE in my own words…

Louis, 19, south east England Both Louis parents were alcohol dependent, making his childhood a difficult one. When he was 13 years-old he started self-harming and didn’t tell anyone about his struggles out of fear people would think about him differently. Below he tells #IAMWHOLE in his own words about his experiences with mental health difficulties…

Charlie: #IAMWHOLE in my own words

  Charlie, 22, south west England Charlie was in his last year at university when the stress of studying for his undergraduate degree became too much for him to handle.  Trying at first to get on with things, Charlie realised quickly that he needed help. After opening up to his parents about his mental health…