Sarah is 17 and works as a sales assistant. Sarah says her problems started when she was badly bullied in comprehensive school, although she’s struggled with low self esteem ever since she can remember. Sarah’s gotten a lot of help from young adults group counselling service and psychotherapy and says that since, she’s been much more able to cope with life and its lows. Sarah also enjoys doing art, travelling and getting out and about. (White British).
Sarah is 17 and works as a part time sales assistant. She says that ever since she can remember she’s always felt poorly about herself and struggled with low esteem. Sarah was really badly bullied in comprehensive school, from the age of 11 onwards. Her school didn’t take the bullying seriously and after a while Sarah said she too stopped caring about herself. She felt that since nobody else cared about her safety or wellbeing, why should . Sarah started to self-harm, getting plastere and doing stuff you shouldn’t be doing at 1. She also stopped eating properly.
Sarah moved onto 6th form where the workload was mounting up and Sarah started having panic attacks. Although she was doing well in school, Sarah stopped going because of the panic attacks and the pressures and missed out 4-5 months of 6th form. Around this time Sarah went to see her GP for help. Her doctor took her concerns seriously and referred her quickly to Young Adults; Transition services for group counselling. She was also diagnosed with depression. Sarah says it’s really hard to know you don’t function the same way as other peopl and to be able to trust other people enough to talk to them.
Group counselling has worked really well for Sarah. She enjoys the group aspect of it because it’s much more relaxin and the focus is not on just one person. Sarah says she’s benefited both from the counselling itself but also from meeting other young people who;re in a similar situation to her. Since she finished the weekly counselling sessions, Sarah’s been to see a psychotherapist monthly. Sarah says life’s been different since she’s been to counseling. She can cope with things better now and even though she can at times get down and upset, she can function with these feelings like anyone else.
Sarah enjoys doing art work, particularly painting. Doing something creative and constructive really helps her and it’s also great because she can see a concrete positive outcome of the work. Sarah also likes traveling and getting out and about to see and experience new things. She says she sometimes thinks too much about the future and what will happen. She is very determined to succeed, be happy and live a normal life; I will do it. You might as well just get over it instead of living a lie all your life