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Emma S

Emma S

Name: Emma Simonsen
Age: 17
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Melksham, Wiltshire
Campaign: To raise awareness of trichotillomania

I have a little understood condition called trichotillomania.

Also known as trich, it causes intense urges for me to pull out my own hair.

It started with breaking-off split ends but developed into pulling out thicker hairs, leaving me with bald patches.

I hid it from my family for a year-and-a-half, carefully styling my hair so that no-one would notice.


I felt ashamed and started researching it - I realised I'm not alone.

With Fixers, I’m campaigning to raise awareness of trich and to provide support and information for others with the condition.

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

Becky Alexander Becky Daniels
Callum Davis Daniel Simonsen
Greg McKenzie James Talbot
Jessica Crocker Jessica Evans
Joshua Lye Joshua Towers
Kirsty Hewett Megan Pettit
Natasha Bailey Rebecca Hurst
Sam Hoggs  

Avon and Wiltshire NHS Trust
Aileen McArthur from the Trust supports our Fix. She agreed to be interviewed about trichotillomania to appear in my broadcast piece.

Neomi Da Costa 
Neomi, who runs the website, ​trichotillomania.co.uk, is supporting our project. She appears in our broadcast film discussing her experiences of trich.

January 2015
I've won a prestigious Diana Courageous Citizen Award for the work I’m doing to raise awareness of trichotillomania. The award recognises young people whose courageous approach to life has made a positive impact on the lives of others.

I’ve been nominated for the Melksham News Person of the Year 2014 award. My nomination, which was announced in the newspaper, featured my Fixers campaign. Click here to read the piece. I’ve also been interviewed by Simeon Courtie on BBC Radio Wiltshire.

November 2014

An article about my campaign was featured in the Daily Express! It covers my story and what you can you do to help others who may be living with the condition. Click on the image below to read the full piece.




August 2014
I met with the MP for Chippenham, Duncan Hames, on Wednesday 6th August to discuss my campaign. With Fixers, I’m helping to create a website, and when that’s ready he’s agreed to share it with his colleagues and other local organisations.

He’s provided me with the following feedback:

‘I was very glad to meet with Emma in Melksham and learn more about her courageous campaign to raise public awareness about Trichotillomania, especially amongst young people.

‘I look forward to helping her promote the resources she’s developing to support others living with this condition.’


Emma Simonsen meets the MP for Chippenham, Duncan Hames


A feature that included my campaign was also featured in the Gazette and Herald. You can read the article by clicking here.


June 2014

I spoke to Radio Swindon 105.5 about my Fixers campaign to raise awareness of the hair pulling condition trichotillomania.


May 2014

My campaign was featured on This is Wiltshire. Click on the image below to read the full piece.



Here is some feedback I received after my story was featured on ITV News:


Ray: ‘Brilliant work. More people need to get talking about this. I suffered pulling out my own eyelashes from the ages of 9 - 13. It was one of the hardest times, mentally, in my life. I had no one to support me and eventually bullying over having no eyelashes forced me to stop. I still get the urge and I still pull. I don't think it's something that I'll ever lose. But I manage it now, it's easier to say stop. There needs to be better support for this. Keep it up!’


Tracey: ‘My daughter started pulling her hair when she was 3 year old. The school nurse recommended I read “The Hair Pulling Habit and You: How to Solve the Trichotillomania Puzzle”. This was well worth the read.’


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