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Charity wristbands created to highlight mental health struggles

Islanders should wear the wristbands on their right wrist if they are feeling okay, and on their left if they are struggling. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A mother whose daughter took her life last year is working to help others support loved ones who are dealing with mental illness.

As part of her charity 'The Self Project', Dawn Ellis is encouraging islanders in Guernsey to wear a specially designed wristband - on their right wrist if they are feeling okay, and on their left if they are struggling.

She says this means those wearing the bands do not have to explain, and those around them can be more understanding.

With a lot of the people that come and see me, they don't know how to say 'I'm in a low place' to their family or their friend, they say people just look at you when you say it, so this way the bands take all that away from it.

I knew a lot about mental health, but there's a lot of parents out there that don't and they're scared, and they don't know what to do, and I think that's quite hard of the family not getting that support as well. I think as well as the mental health patient the family need support to understand what that person's going through as well.

– Dawn Ellis

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