Kayla (16) from Derry/Londonderry

Kayla always felt very loved when she was growing up, but her mother struggled to look after her as she suffered from alcoholism. Kayla went to live with her grandfather at the age of seven, but was always close to her mother. In January 2017, Kayla’s mum died from an alcohol related condition and when she passed away Kayla struggled to process what had happened. Kayla’s dad is also registered disabled after contracting a rare flesh eating bug and she helps care for him. Kayla has been supported by Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum, a healthy living centre which gives young people a safe space, improves their wellbeing and empowers them to reach their potential. For Kayla the project has been a lifeline to her and she credits them for helping her deal with her grief.