As a teenager, Tamsin’s mental health began deteriorating. She was struggling with low self-esteem, a negative body image and she really started disliking school. By the age of 16, her relationship with food was becoming difficult, and her problems were being worsened by social media.
‘There’s a lot of unhelpful content on Instagram.’
After some bad experiences with boys who were pressuring her to do things she didn’t want to do, Tamsin stopped going to college and began having suicidal thoughts.
‘My eating disorder happened so quickly. Something in my brain just suddenly stopped me from eating.’
Fearing for her daughter’s life, Tamsin’s mother had no choice but to bring her to work. This went on for months, but the toughest thing for Tamsin was being left alone at night.
‘I would become really lonely. I rang Childline when things got really bad.’
Tamsin was admitted to an in-patient unit for eight months. There, she continued to speak to Childline when she felt she needed help. The counsellors remained supportive and encouraged her to think positively about the future. After being discharged, Tamsin found the strength to start rebuilding her life:
‘I saw this traineeship job come up. A six-months supportive scheme for young people with mental health issues and I applied for it. After the scheme ended, I was offered a permanent role as a junior filmmaker, which was amazing.’
Tamsin still has challenging days. But having a job and a new life helped her to gain more control over depression.
‘Having my work responsibility really did push me outside of my comfort zone. Now, I’m a different person. I feel I’ve gone full circle with my depression.’
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