A Mansfield man who spent years struggling with his emotions has made a film to encourage others to talk about mental health and seek help.
Ian Kay, 22, has Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and has been working with national charity Fixers, which supports young people aged 16-25.
He has now created a film based on his own experiences in a bid to encourage others to seek help.
He said: “For years I felt like my emotions were all over the place and it was so hard to control them. I didn’t know what to do - I’d cry in my bedroom, I’d get hysterical. I had violent outbursts and the police were called several times because I was lashing out, I was getting angry.
“The condition means you have a lot of self-loathing and I did take it out on myself; I self-harmed and I took an overdose.
“The message of my film is how important it is to seek help, to get the right treatment, to speak to family and friends and never be ashamed to confide in the people that are close to you because it’s difficult if you fight it on your own.”
Dr Vincent Egan, from the University of Nottingham, said: “I hope people see Ian’s film and think ‘that’s like me’ and then seek treatment. That will help them and the people around them as well.”
Young people have campaigned on issues with Fixers as diverse as cyber-bullying, self-harm and suicide.