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'I self-harmed from age of nine'.

AMELIA JOHN has struggled with self-harm since the age of nine, but now she can see a more positive future.

A decade on, and she has gone on to help other young people by expressing herself through film and has been made vice-chairman of Lottery-funded project Zoom Cymru.

Amelia's own issues started as a reaction to family problems, and she kept the self-harming to herself for years before she got help and turned her life around.

"I started self-harming around May of 2005," explains Amelia. "The main reason behind my self-harming is because I had a lot of family problems and everything got too much. My sister was back and forth to the hospital and so was my dad, and my brother was diagnosed with autism.

"I just wanted a little bit of attention because I felt like I was being pushed away, yet I hid it from everyone. It felt like I gave myself the attention but without anyone knowing.

"I never thought I was suffering with mental health problems until I was hospitalised for self-harming in February 2012.

"My life has changed hugely since I discovered Zoom. I now express myself through film and photography. I can see a positive future."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 8, 2015
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