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Name: Imogen Smith
Age: 22
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Bristol
Campaign: Provide web support for self-harm

During my late teens I was diagnosed with an eating disorder and I also used to self-harm.


The self-harm lasted for two years, but thanks to support from my friends and family, I stopped and have not harmed myself for four years.


While there are support networks out there, a lot of the time young people simply don’t know who to turn to. Negative mental health can make you feel very lonely, isolated, and different to anybody else.


Through a website, I hope to offer support to young people throughout the country who want to seek help to deal with their situation.


The site will also give parents, teachers, and other people advice on how to spot warning signs, and how to deal with them.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:


Rob Etheridge Katie Baker
Sophie Wells Lydia Robertshaw
Tanisha Kalra Jenny Leighton
Kate Gorwill Rhonda Rhiannon
Joe Robertshaw Catherine Farrell
Hannah Winfield Becci Leberda
Hannah McKenzie Gemma Leaney
Olivia Smith  

Fiona Macaulay, Bristol Crisis Service for Women

Fiona has supported my Fix by appearing in my TV story to offer advice on my campaign.

March 2014
My story was turned into a podcast by Podium.me. They provide an online platform for young people to share their experiences.

A snippet of my interview featured in a piece produced by Podium.me that was broadcast on BBC Radio 1.


November 2013

The film about my campaign, which was broadcast on ITV News, was among nine Fixers films which won a Mind Media Award at the BFI in London.


Click here to read more about my achievement!


October 2013

I held an event in Bristol to launch my Self Harm Organisation website, which you can visit by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. Around 20 people attended and there were talks from experts including Professor David Gunnell from the University of Bristol and my mum, who’s Director of Anorexia and Bulimia Care. There was also an open discussion surrounding self-harm.


Here is some feedback from people who attended the event:


Laura Brin from counselling service Off The Record, Bristol: ‘Today has been really valuable for me professionally. I will definitely spread the word among my organisation about Imogen’s website.'


Miggs Clark from Premier Christian Radio, London: ‘I am very encouraged by Imogen’s valuable work. I will make sure that those working on our helplines are aware of the website.'


Fixer Imogen addressing the audience at her SHO website launch event.


Celebrity illusionist Derren Brown gave me his backing on Facebook and Twitter. He shared the link to my website.  


I have created Facebook and Twitter accounts to accompany the Self Harm Organisation website.


June 2013

Fellow Fixer Natalie Brown and I were featured in an extended piece about young women who self-harm in the Mirror, published shortly after Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, was rumored to have self-harmed. Click image below to expand article or read the article here.



May 2013

Following my ITV broadcast piece, I was interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol about my Fixers project.


My story was featured on my local Jack FM website and on ITV News West Country. Watch the ITV broadcast by clicking this link.


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