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What is GRIT?


In the 1990s 15 year old Louise was sectioned twice, made a ward of court and tried to take her own life. In 2018 founder of GRIT, Dr Louise Randall GP, explains in this film why she is now dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of teenagers through a unique and innovative program designed to help reduce anxiety and self destructive behaviours by building resilience. What was almost unheard of in the 1990s is now rife in most secondary schools.

Louise believes that in telling her own story and shedding light on what she sees every day in her Hertfordshire surgery, this film will not only raise awareness of what self harm means in society today, but also how it can be tackled. In their own words teenagers who have benefitted from the GRIT program talk of modern pressures, social-media induced anxiety and just how shockingly common self harm really is. The film ends with a short insight into some of the activities provided by GRIT showing a combination of exercise to help channel and focus overwhelming emotion, combined with therapeutic interventions to help boost self-esteem and confidence. 

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