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Teenager Emma's inspiring video to help beat depression

By Angela Rainey

Published 13/05/2016

A teenager diagnosed with depression has made an encouraging video to teach others on how best to speak to those with the condition.

Emma Norris (18) was diagnosed with the mental illness in January and says she found that although her support network of family and friends were great, at times people just didn't know what to say to her.

To mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week on May 16 Emma, from Carryduff, made her video in the hope it will help others.

"I can only talk about my own situation as everyone's experience is unique," Emma said. "You find with depression that those closest to you want to talk and for you to talk to them, but for others, they simply do not know what to say."

Emma decided to make her video and upload it to Youtube.

"Really I was trying to help myself then I thought the video might help at least one other person and if it does, then that's a bonus."

With the help of Mental Health Charity AWARE Emma is asking the public to view it and share with a friend or family member to help generate a discussion around how to talk to someone with depression in an appropriate and sympathetic manner.

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