Sanah Shaikh, 24 from Old Trafford was the first person of Asian descent in the North West to be diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and working with ITV Fixers is determined now to dispel some of the mystery surrounding the condition.
SCD is a genetic blood disorder - most commonly found in people of African descent - in which oxygen-carrying red blood cells develop abnormally and then clog blood vessels causing often severe pain.
Sanah says, "Sickle Cell Disease can have a huge impact on your life. I have been in and out of hospital for much of mine and suffered unbearable pain at times - but because it's not something you can see - people are less understanding towards sufferers."
Sanah was diagnosed when she was three, "There were times in hospital when I was a teenage when I became very depressed and isolated because of having SCD. So I think raising awareness is massively important because it will help others sufferers be better understood by their peers and others."
A teenager is calling for more help for youngsters with anxiety disorders. Jake Land is 19 years old and from New Mills in Derbyshire. He's suffered panic attacks since the age of 11 and says there's a stigma surrounding the condition.
The charity Anxiety UK says more than ten per cent of people are likely to suffer a 'disabling anxiety disorder' at some stage in their life.
19 year old Jake Land from New Mills wants to spread the message about panic attacks, which he says are frightening symptoms of a serious condition.
"The first time it happened I was at a school sports day" he explains.
"Out of nowhere I started to feel really anxious that there were lots of people watching me. My palms were sweating, my heart started racing, I felt dizzy and like I couldn't breathe. It was so bad that I collapsed."
After this first attack, when he was 11, Jake suffered attacks every few weeks, but it grew worse as he grew older. "A few times people have mistaken me for being drunk," he says. "When I'm having an attack I sometimes get so dizzy I can't walk straight."
Jake is working with Fixers to spread information about panic attacks so that people can recognise them, and know how to help. The charity Anxiety UK says that more than ten per cent of people are likely to suffer a 'disabling anxiety disorder' at some stage in their life.
In this edition of ITV's FIXERS we meet 21 year old Terry Braithwaite from Kendal who desperate to give something back to support homeless people, and their helpers. He's creating a community centre after being given a lifeline following months of sleeping rough.
Blackpool has the worst drugs record of any town in the north west … and is in the top ten nationally for heroin and crack cocaine abuse. One young man has become clean, with the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice. learn more here
One in eight teenagers is likely to be suffering from depression at any one time, according to official figures...sometimes it becomes a serious illness.
In this month's update from Fixers - the campaign that helps young people make a difference - we hear from a young man called Michael Ashton, who says, from his own experience, depression should not be dismissed as teenage angst.
To see more about Michael’s campaign, and find help on this issue click here