A few years ago I fell into depression. I was self-harming, drinking and I had attempted suicide on various occasions.

I hated everything about me – my appearance, my weight and even my own voice. I used to open my mouth and feel stupid and embarrassed before I even spoke. My psychiatrist diagnosed me with Agoraphobia as I was anxious and fearful about leaving the house.

Then my social worker told me about Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s Get on Track programme. The first 2–3 weeks were tough. But then one of the athlete mentors pulled me aside and said: “It’s easy to get yourself into trouble, but a lot harder to get yourself out of it.” I will never forget those words.

The athlete mentors took a chance on me; believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. They really have shown me the path to a brighter future and I’ll be forever grateful. A couple of months ago I was invited back as an ambassador for Get on Track, helping other young people like myself.

I am now a community volunteer for Sheffield Futures and I am finally believing in myself. I have organised several successful fundraising events and am embarking on a career as a carer. I have a message for all young people that lack confidence in themselves:

Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you give up.

I want to say a huge thank you to the athlete mentor team James Kirton, Julie Page and Jenny Wallwork for the amazing and unforgettable life changing experience.