At 16, George Hodgson was severely ill with anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic attacks and suicidal thoughts.
His GP referred him to adolescent mental health services – but was told there was at least a 40-week wait for treatment.
Two years later, just before his 18th birthday – the cut-off point for adolescent care – George got the call to say help was available.
Fortunately, he had already been seen because his parents could afford private care.
George has now made a full recovery and uses his illness to raise awareness and help others through his fashion label, ‘Maison de Choup’
He said: “It raises funds and awareness for mental health, spreading a positive message of empowerment and showing that we are stronger than our mental health.”