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Crusading Widnes carer urges young people to share their fears
AN inspirational student who has battled depression is urging young people to share their fears.
Crusading carer Sarah Crompton, aged 20, has designed a ground breaking website for young people with mental health.
Youngsters aged 13 to 19 can talk about their feelings, support each other and seek professional help.
The ‘Who Am I’ website has been shortlisted in the innovation in mental health category of the NHS Oscars, the Health Service Journal Awards 2013.
Sarah, of Mottershead Road, Widnes, said: “It’s brilliant. I’m so happy.
“I love helping people.
“You don’t have to be on your own. It’s natural to worry and have concerns but it is better to voice them and get if off your chest.
“Ask for help now before it gets to the point of no return.”
More than 2,000 people have visited camhswhoami.co.uk, where young people can upload a YouTube video describing their mental health journey and watch others talk about their experiences of eating disorders, self harm and anxiety.
Sarah, who looks after her 50-year-old dad, Paul, who has arthritis, angina, and depression, is studying for a BA honours degree in health and social care at Riverside College.
A former pupil at SS Peter & Paul Catholic College, she self harmed when she was a teenager.
She said: “I accept the scars are part of me. I am proud to show I have been through a tough time and got over it.
“I want to manage a residential care home for young people and set up a charity called ‘Holding Hands’ to bring together young and old people to organise day trips and activities.
“I’m always coming up with ideas.”
Simon Barber, chief executive of 5 Boroughs Partnership, said: “This website was the first to be designed, delivered and marketed in collaboration with young people.
“We’re extremely proud of all the young people involved in making this website.”
Crusading carer Sarah Crompton
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