Amy’s story

At just 16 years old, Amy’s relationship with her mother deteriorated, she felt she had no choice but to leave home and ended up sleeping on the streets. She was preparing to take her GCSEs and had no experience of living independently, so she was scared about what lay ahead. “When me and mum fell…

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Mhairi’s Story

Mhairi left her family home as a teenager to move in with her then boyfriend. When the relationship broke down, she felt unable to go back to her parents and ended up street homeless before moving into a local hostel. She was referred to YMCA Bournemouth, which provides extensive supported accommodation for young people to…

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Mike’s #IAMWHOLE story

Mental health stigma is rife- I should know, I’ve spent a year working on a mental health campaign, but never spoke out myself A year ago today, YMCA and the NHS launched the #IAMWHOLE campaign, to tackle mental health stigma by challenging harmful language and encourage young people to speak out and seek help. You’d…

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Sophia’s Story

Sophia’s mental health difficulties started when she was at primary school. When she lost her mum to cancer aged 13 and became a sole carer for her grandmother, things took a turn for the worse. As part of the #IAMWHOLE campaign, Sophia shares her experiences with mental health in her own words, to encourage other young people to speak out and seek help.

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Gabe’s Story

Gabe first started to experience signs of psychosis when he was five years old. Dealing with hallucinations, he didn’t tell anyone about his difficulties until things reached breaking point when he was a teenager. In support of #IAMWHOLE Gabe shares his experiences with mental health difficulties and how he now uses his experience to help others.

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Natalie’s Story

Natalie always felt different from a young age, but never knew what made her different. Being diagnosed with Asperger’s, she struggled with anxiety and panic attacks. Now, 21, Natalie volunteers with the Chatterboxes, a YMCA youth action project run by disabled young people in Bournemouth, to help raise awareness of disabilities. She shares her experiences with mental health difficulties in support of the #IAMWHOLE campaign, to help tackle stereotypes of mental health.  

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