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ITV Fixers: Care leavers' champions

ITV Fixers gives young people a voice on issues they feel strongly about.

Around 4,000 children are growing up in care in the North East, often because of difficult or chaotic family backgrounds.

But that does not mean that they are destined to fail in life, according to one care leaver who is working with Fixers to make their path easier.

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ITV Fixers: Road safety campaign

Young people in the North East have joined others across the country to campaign about road safety.

As part of ITV Fixers, a campaign that gives young people a voice, they voiced their opinions at a special event in London, attended by celebrities and politicians.

Figures show that every day and a half a young person dies, or is seriously injured, in an accident on the region's roads.

The group wants to influence a forthcoming government Green Paper on young drivers.

ITV Fixers shines a light on autism

It is thought that more than 28,000 people in the North East could have some degree of autism - the communication problem that ranges from profound disability to being almost unnoticeable.

It can seriously affect relationships with people around those who suffer from it.

A teenager with autism from County Durham has enlisted the help of fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to raise awareness and encourage understanding.


Fixers to visit Tyneside schools with awareness campaign

A campaign has been launched by three people on Tyneside which aims to reduce stigma and dispel myths surrounding eating disorders.

The trio will draw on their own experiences with food as part of an awareness raising campaign which stresses the psychological impact of having an eating disorder.

Led by Jane O'Mahoney, from South Tyneside, they want people to understand that having an eating disorder is not just about being consumed with weight control, but it is often accompanied by intense periods of depression too.

Working with Fixers, a national movement of young people tackling problems they feel passionately about, the trio are planning to visit schools and colleges across Tyneside.

Helping Jane with her campaign are fellow Fixers, Erin Ruddick, 22, from North Tyneside, and Samira Jay, 21, from Newcastle.

"I was angry with food, as ridiculous as that sounds. I didn't want to eat it but I would binge on it. The worst part of it for me psychologically was the binge eating. You would just hate yourself."

– Jane O'Mahoney

"At my worst, I just wanted to be dead, so in a sense, starvation was one route to ending the cycle I didn't think I could get out of."

– Erin Ruddick

"There comes a time when nothing matters. You don't care about people, you don't care about education, you don't care about your friends, you just care about listening to what is like a voice in your head."

– Samira, ambassador for eating disorder charity Beat

ITV Fixers Campaign investigates eating disorders

Eating disorders affect as many as 170,000 people across the North East - 120,000 of which the NHS says are women.

One in five young women aged between 16 and 24 also show symptoms of eating disorders.

Our ITV Fixers campaign helps young people tackle the issues most important to them and showcases them on ITV.

In the report below, we met three young women from Tyneside who are using their own experiences of eating disorders to raise awareness among teenagers in the region.

For further information about the ITV Fixers campaign, click here.