Amie Bedford Youth Ambassador
Hello, my name is Amie and I am 16 years old..
I began experiencing mental health issues in primary school.
I have suffered with anxiety disorder which in turn has led to depression and OCD.
At my lowest point I self-harmed and felt suicidal. Finally I went to see my GP which took me a lot of courage. My doctor helped me access cognitive behavioral therapy with an amazing therapist. This has helped me cope with everyday life.
I wanted to share my experience with others going through what I went through, and show them that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
With this in mind, I decided I wanted to raise money for Dorset Mind, my local mental health charity.
Amie’s work for Dorset Mind
I organised a charity concert in just three and a half weeks. Fifteen of my musician friends performed with me at the Branksome Railway Hotel for a brilliant night of live music. Through donations and a raffle we raised an incredible £350 in just four hours.
It was then that I was asked to be a Dorset Mind Youth Ambassador. I was thrilled and felt privileged and honored to be asked.
Recently, I have helped the charity in many ways to raise mental health awareness.
I sang at Bournemouth Train Station for three and half hours during Mental Health Awareness Week in May, and at a music evening at Haskins Garden Centre.
Recently I held a second open-mic style evening that took the total I’ve raised this year to over £500!
Mental Health is something that we should all be able to talk about. If I can contribute to it by sharing my experience and showing there is help, I will.