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1st edition Mar '19


Anxiety Self-Harm Awesome Autism Message to Mum Radio Interviews Jordans Story #DareToBePositive #DareToSayThanks



1st Edn Mar '19 Editors Note (from Sadie Sharp & the whole start up team!) Welcome to our first ever edition! The #iDare magazine was born from a suggestion from one of the youth enterprise participants within the Platform Project (thank you Megan Leigh-Bennett!) where our young people told us that they wanted to have a voice and an opinion about the world around them, and they wanted to bring about social here we are with the #iDare youth issues publication! The set up team had a very clear vision on what they wanted the magazine to stand for. It will be a multimedia platform (blog, YouTube, social media, podcasts and print) publication that: 1) Gives young people a voice. 2) Helps and inspires young people to become the best version of themselves. 3) Does what it can to inspire people to take positive social action and change the world around them. So there you have it - edition 1 of our (hopefully) very long running magazine, and we hope you LOVE it! The 1st Edition team (see mug shot below!) have worked incredibly hard to bring you a range of inspiringly honest content, so if you like what we do, please get in touch to become a participant, volunteer or partner, and help us shape the future of our magazine. (Oh, and a MASSIVE thank you to #iWill and Wiltshire Community Foundation for funding us and making our dream a reality!)

#iDare - a youth issues publication for young people, by young people

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Awesome Autism

Jordan's Story Ellie Brown

Marshall Lisa Regan Evans

Luke Cresswell

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...TO SAY THANK YOU We know we're always come across as the most grateful people on the planet (!), but to help us show our appreciation the lovely people at Morrisons Regent Circus donated some flowers for us to say a massive THANK YOU to some of the people that have gone above and beyond for us. Here are our messages...

I, along with the rest of the group said a MASSIVE thank you to a couple of our volunteers (Kevin & Jules in the picture) because we can't run this project without them giving up their time, so THANK YOU! :-)

Marshall gave his flowers to his step-mum to say "Thank you for everything you have done for me and always being there when I need, and thanks for taking me to the Pump Track!"

Danielle gave her flowers to Gayle Hunt, the Nurse Team Leader at The Prospect Hospice in Wroughton because she wanted to say a big thank you to all of the staff who recently cared for her mum before she passed away.

Chloe gave her flowers to her former SMASH Mentor. "I want to say a BIG thank you to Ros for helping me get past the bad times, so thank you. x"

Jordan gave his flowers to his mum Penny Moss Pryor to say "Thank you for caring for me through the rough times with illness growing up, and for everything you have done for me through my life. I love you with all me heart and I appreciate everything you have done for me. x"

Has someone really gone above and beyond to help you you? Email us to say why you would like to pay a special thanks to them, and we could donate you a free bouquet of flowers and feature you in our next publication. Email us now with your story -


Hello My Name is Jordan O’Brien. I live in Swindon and I am going to tell you about my life story. My life has been a difficult roller-coaster. It all started when my poor mum had chicken pox when I was born. It made me seriously ill in hospital and I was in there for a while. It caused me to have some conditions like chronic lung disease which makes my immune system weak and makes it fragile to chest infections. My swallowing got damaged which makes me not being able to eat so I have a micky button and I’m fed through a pump. I have a paralysed left vocal cord and I have cerebral palsy in my legs with brittle bone disease. I caught Meningitis when I was 10 years old, it all started when I started feeling ill at school then one day in the week of school I came home and went to lay down in my bed then the next thing I knew was my mum came up to check on me and I screamed the house down cause I was blind, I couldn’t see her. That’s the only thing I remember from it. I was in a coma for a couple of months having seizers in and out, my doctors told my parents if I ever did wake up I wouldn’t be able to walk, talk or hold my head up. I finally woke up and I remember not being able to hold my head up when my mum was holding me in her arms.

I was in a coma for a couple of months having seizures

It’s a struggle most of the time when trying to get on with life with what I have to deal with, such as my chronic lung disease cause of my breathing and running out of breath. My cerebral palsy and brittle bone disease which makes it hard to walk all the time I get serious pains in my legs and ribs. Its very hard to go out most days cause of all my health conditions. Not being able to eat and drink is very difficult because of not being able to taste anything through my life and now and the socialising part of it. I’ve been through so much in my life and more, but I’ve never let my health hold me back from getting on with my life and trying my best in life. I finished school and college, and am now learning how to drive and volunteering at a charity shop which I love and never thought I would do any of this with what I’ve been through in the past and now with my health. I want to tell everyone about my life story just to help younger people in my same position with the same life difficulties as mine, just want to say never give up and just look back on how far you have come and what you have achieved in life.

Just hold your head up high and be proud of who you are and smile just take one day at a time.

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SELF-HARMING By anonymous author, age 17

I am 17 now but I was only 12 when I first self-harming. I started to self-harm because I was going through a hard time with my dad. I was confused - I felt like he didn’t want to know me as he kept finding time to spend with another family member rather than me, and it made me feel unwanted.

Why do I do it? I have moments in my life where I am depressed and I get flash-backs of my past, which is a self-harm trigger for me. I don't know how to stop my brain thinking, so the only way I can make it stop is to self-harm. I know I shouldn't, but I feel like I just can't handle the flash backs any other way.

What can help? When I feel depressed, I go for walk or I will put music on and do some cleaning. Anything to distract my mind. Or I go to meet friends, even if I don't always feel up to it. Or if that does't work, splashing freezing cold water on your face or putting an elastic band on your and twanging it can help as well. Or check out Calm Harm - a free App that helps you calm the urge to self harm (see below). Picture by Peter Davis (17)

How can others help?

If you know someone who self-harms, or if you are self harming yourself, it is really important to know that other people around you can be there to talk about it. It can be your friends or your family, but if you feel like you can't to talk them, you can always talk to a mental health professional or go to counselling. But whatever you do, talking really does help.

For more information on self-harming and support have a look at:

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AWESOME AUTISM By Chloe Butler (19)

Hi my name is Chloe and I have Autism l’ve had autism from birth but I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 15, which meant that that my younger years were really confusing for me - and add bulling to that and I was quite unhappy and found life difficult. After feeling completely isolated and excluded at school I didn’t want to go to school and found it really had to make friends. I found that people didn’t understand me or my disability - communication was difficult, and maintaining eye contact whilst talking was always hard. Expressing my feeling was was also difficult, so it was rare that I did it. This meant I was quite depressed and didn’t socialize with people of my age.

It was a lonely time growing up, but after my diagnosis at 15 things became a bit easier because, finally, I had a reason to explain why I felt the way I did and the difficulties I’d faced.

At 16 I attended Riverside School which was a specialized school that could help me work through my issues whilst leaning. This was a massive turning point for me which allowed me to grow and and develop as a person and socially. After many years of self-doubt, I was finally confident enough to speak to more people and believe in myself.

When I started STEP Think Tank I had people that I could talk to about what I was feeling. I had somewhere I could be me in a place that I was not judged. This helped me to be myself and show people the me that I was keeping inside. I am happier as a person now, and I have to thank STEP for all they did for me.

Then I met the people in The Platform Project and they got me to open up even more. The Platform Project is a social enterprise company that helps young people find out who they are, what skills they could earn money from, or learn how they can work for themselves. In these projects I have designed printed goods like t-shirts and mugs, made videos on homelessness, and now I am a part of this awesome magazine. I have gained so much confidence in myself and I have enjoyed working in these environments because they help me see how I can fit into the real world of work. These skills I have learned will help me in my future and in my wider life.

What is Autism? Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. Autism is a spectrum condition, which means that all autistic people share certain difficulties, but it will affect them in different ways. Autism affects more than 1 in 100 people that means that there are over 700,000 people on the Autistic spectrum in the UK alone! Nearly two-thirds of children with autism between the ages of 6 and 15 have been bullied. 90% of autistic people have anxiety or depression.

For information on Autism and how to deal with it have a look at

I’ve learned to be brave, I’ve learnt who I am, and...

...TO BE ME!



By Danielle Smith (18) & Marshall Regan (17) & Lisa Evans (20)

What is anxiety? Anxiety is when feelings of being anxious and stressed don't go away...can't be controlled easily...or happen for no particular reason.

How does it make you feel? It makes me worry that bad things will happen I don't like going into big crowds It stops me concentrating on things It makes it hard to speak to new people Sometimes I have to be left alone It makes me lose sleep It stops me going out It makes me feel physically sick

Drawing by Marshall Regan, Danielle Smith and Peter Davis

Leaving the house

What triggers it?

Being alone

Finding out you have it

Losing loved ones

Getting on the bus

Going to new places

Meeting new people

Overthinking things

How can you deal with it? Change your diet - vitamin B helps Think positive Take action Write down worries and fears Deep breathing Keep smiling Use positive anxiety tips Go out in nature Have a bath or shower to relax Listen to music

How common is it? 1 in 10 16-18 year olds experience a mental health disorder. Over 50% of mental health issues start to develop by age 14. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health conditions. School learning, confidence and relationships are all affected.

Where can you get help? has lots of advice, guidance and tools provides a 24 hour helpline on 0300 304 7000. have lots of information to help you understand and handle anxiety. Local Charities and agencies like IPSUM can provide free and cheaper support for a range of mental health support including Counselling and other positive activities.

For more help visit or call 01793 695 405 understand myself Personality Profiling By Megan Thomas (aged 19)

Hi - my name is Megan and I have always been interested in watching crime series programs! At age 14 I first started watching the series Criminal Minds and it made me interested in different personality types – why people behave differently and why it can lead to them becoming criminals.

I was surprised how right it was!

To learn more about some of the tools used for this I did a simple test on myself using a DISC profiling tool which asked me different questions about the way that I think and behave...and I was really surprised how right it was! My results where D and C, which means dominant and cautious. Dominant means fast paced, questioning, direct, and competitive - and for me I like to finish my work and I am very competitive when I am gaming with my brother, so this sounds a lot like me at home and when studying!

Cautious means accurate - you are a thinker, like to work alone and study information carefully, and again, I do like to work by myself because I find it easier, and I always like to think before I speak.

I found doing this useful as it's given me a better understanding of what works for me and what doesn’t, and why I do the things the way I do. In the next edition, I will be looking into some of the tools used to profile criminals, but if you are interested in learning more about your personality profile in the mean time, you can try the one I did here:

A MASSIVE THANK YOU for reading this magazine. This project intends to help change the lives of teenagers one story at a time, so if you love what we have done why not get in touch and: Let us know what you think of our articles. Our youth team love to hear how their stories and ideas have impacted you, so if you love it, if you find it inspiring, if it made you cry or laugh, or if it even inspired to take action yourself we would LOVE to know about it, so PLEASE PLEASE email us or tag us on social media to let us know.

Let us know what you did. All of our content is aimed at getting young people to become the best versions of themselves and inspiring positive social action, so if something we have written about has inspired you to take positive social action or help yourself or someone else around you we would LOVE LOVE LOVE to know. Its inspiring for us to see that we are inspiring other people!

Let us know your story. We love producing our content, but we also know that there is LOADS of good stuff out there that we can help other people share, so if you would like to suggest a topic that you think we should be including in our content, or if you would like to share your story by either writing something for us to publish, or being interviewed by one of our youth team, PRETTY PLEASE do get in touch.

JOIN THE TEAM!!! We are an awesome collection of young people working on this magazine, doing everything from writing content to shooting videos, producing podcasts, taking pictures, managing the PR, marketing & social media, and liaising with outside agencies, but we have room for more participants (aged 13-20, or up to 24 if disabled), youth work volunteers, and volunteer skills mentors, so if you would like to be part of our awesome team, get in touch now! :-) @iDare_Blog


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#iDare - Youth Issues Magazine - Edition 1 - March 2019  

A youth issues publication helping young people have a voice, become the best version of themselves, and bring about social change. Edition...

#iDare - Youth Issues Magazine - Edition 1 - March 2019  

A youth issues publication helping young people have a voice, become the best version of themselves, and bring about social change. Edition...