I think me being able to get back into education quickly enabled me to focus... I was very lucky in finding [it] so quickly after missing so much, some people are not so lucky
London, England (PRWEB UK) 20 January 2013
Lansdowne Student May Gabriel, who won the prestigious Young Digital Hero Award at the end of 2012 for her continued work to raise awareness about teenage depression, has kicked off the New Year with continued success and a new looking website.
May launched the new look It’s OK Campaign blog after she got to a staggering 10,000 twitter followers and won the award – all whilst studying at Lansdowne Sixth Form College in London. In her online biography May writes “From February 2011 I started attending the college I am still attending today. The college took me on at a strange time, and enabled me to complete 3 of my GCSE’s: Maths, English and Geography. I think me being able to get back into education quickly enabled me to focus on that and try to move forward. I was very lucky in finding education so quickly after missing so much, some people are not so lucky... Now, I have just finished my GCSE’s, and am continuing with my A levels, I’m a year behind but finally I have gotten here!”
The college’s distinct approach towards education and respect for its students has obviously been a huge inspiration for May as she has announced plans to meet with her LEA to get a schools programme up and running. Her aim is to help teenagers suffering from depression using social media resources and encouraging people to share their thoughts with the goal of changing the stigma around teenage depression. By running a schools programme she can get her message out there to help those who need it as well as help teachers recognise the signs of depression in students.
According to a BBC news report there are an estimated 80,000 children and young people in the UK suffering from depression. To find out more about the work that May is doing, visit It’s OK Campaign and to find out more about the unique attitude to education that helped May, you can read more at on the Lansdowne College website.