This is the story of how one tiny change can make a big difference.
A few years ago, 14-year-old Bella* from the Scottish Borders went to see her GP. Bella had generally withdrawn from life.
She was struggling to attend school, felt low and had anxiety for a long time, had frequent outbursts of anger, and low self-esteem. People around her were worried about her and thought she was at risk of taking her own life. The doctor referred Bella to a partner mental health service for young people in the Borders – Cheviot Youth.
Bella started a course of face-to-face sessions with a Cheviot Youth Practitioner; a safe space to talk about how she was feeling inside. After some time, her mood improved, the feelings of anxiety became less frequent, and her mind started to feel better. Bella’s time with Cheviot Youth didn’t end here.
Feeling positive, she made a decision to become a Cheviot Youth volunteer. She volunteered, achieved a First Aid Certificate, attended child protection training and started looking forward to her future. Thanks to the early support of the doctor and charity, Bella is now a qualified Youth Worker.