Reaching Higher has literally changed my life. I’ve always found life overwhelming compared to those around me. Overtime my anxiety built and resulted in an attempt to end my life.

I was in a really bad place and didn’t know what to do or who to go to. A friend of mine invited me to an event held at the local youth centre. It was a girls only event and was run by Reaching Higher. The leaders of the session were talking about identity. By the end of the session I was in tears and one of the leaders took me aside and spent some time talking with me. I was surprised that se didn’t tell me I was over reacting or that I shouldn’t feel the way I do. Instead she just listened.

It has been 3 years since then and my life has changed. I’m still supported by a mentor however I am now volunteering with Reaching Higher on their “Leaders in Training” programme and I am working with young girls helping to build self confidence through workshops and creative arts.

*some faces and names may be changed to protect the identity of the young people