New Youth Focus ambassador shares tips to manage anxiety, depression

Youth Focus ambassador Meg Charnaud Picture: Andrew Ritchie   d490987
Youth Focus ambassador Meg Charnaud Picture: Andrew Ritchie d490987

WHEN Meg Charnaud is having a bad day, she hits the beach.

The white sand and blue water became the 21-year-old’s safe space during her struggles with anxiety and depression as a teenager and inspired her to start swimwear label – xcharnaud.

“The beach was the first place I would go to if I was having the worst day, that was my safe space,” Ms Charnaud said.

The Methodist Ladies’ College graduate is sharing her story to let other young people know that life can be difficult but there’s support and ways to combat these feelings.

“A couple of things happened during middle school that piled up at the same time and that just spiralled quite quickly,” Ms Charnaud said.

“I didn’t want to go to school or do anything and I isolated myself and became quite self destructive.”

She said even her close friends didn’t know what she was going through, until she started self harming.

The Central Tafe fashion design student said she eventually started talking to a family friend who was a doctor and they introduced her to meditation, art therapy and exercise.

In 2016, Ms Charnaud launched xcharnaud that promotes the importance of feeling comfortable in swimwear.

“I’m super pedantic about what it feels like when you put my swimwear on,” she said.

“I use my friends to test each piece and it’s a real milestone moment when they love a piece I’ve made.”

As a Youth Focus ambassador, Ms Charnaud will experience her first Polo in the Valley next month and while she’s excited about event wear, she hasn’t quite decided on her outfit for the day.

WHAT: Polo in the Valley

WHEN: Saturday, April 6

WHERE: Duncraig Study, Swan Valley


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