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Barrow teenager Sasha Campbell celebrates first anniversary of Fine Not Fine mental health group

A Barrow teenager is celebrating the first anniversary of an organisation she inspired to support young people’s mental health.

Sasha Campbell’s mental health struggles encouraged her family and friends to last year launch the Fine Not Fine community interest company, which has run several art and education projects to encourage early intervention.

This week it has led a primary school storytelling project, while Sasha and her mum Jordanna have delivered mental health workshops in other schools.

Storyteller Shane Ibbs with pupils at All Saints Primary School in Lawshall. Picture by Mark Westley
Storyteller Shane Ibbs with pupils at All Saints Primary School in Lawshall. Picture by Mark Westley

The 18-year-old said: “It’s always a bit shocking looking back to last year because sometimes I feel I’m doing hardly anything and then I see the progress I’ve made and Fine Not Fine has made.

“It’s been a huge part of my recovery because I’ve been able to give back to other people.”

Fine Not Fine commissioned professional storyteller Shane Ibbs to work with pupils at All Saints’ Primary, in Lawshall, on the theme of ‘‘Find My Brave’ to encourage them to think of examples of when they have shown bravery.

Sasha Campbell. Picture by Mecha Morton
Sasha Campbell. Picture by Mecha Morton

Meanwhile, Sasha came up with the idea of pupils at the school creating sensory boxes filled with five different items for each sense to soothe, distract and manage difficult feelings.

They are also delivering mental health workshops in schools following a pilot at Westley Middle in September.

Last week, they went into St Benedict’s Catholic School to help pupils identify any mental health issues they or people they know may be dealing with and who to approach for help.

Sasha, who is set to study psychology at university in September, is planning a sky dive with her care key nurse from her child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) unit to celebrate a year of being discharged.

On Fine Not Fine’s impact, Jordanna said: “I just hope more and more people are taking mental health seriously, are going to talk about it and identify (issues) in other people.”

Visit finenotfine.org.uk