Callum Brazzo says poetry helped him cope with the negative feelings he had in the past.
He said: “My mental health was definitely helped through poetry and the right people and the right environment.”
As part of course work, Callum has spent time in special schools and says he found the experience of being in a position to help other people a “transformative point in my life”.
Spergi.org is Callum’s way of helping other autistic people by providing a platform where they can share their artistic talents, in art, photography, dance, film and music.
When Callum was feeling depressed and isolated his poetry was an outlet for those feelings.
Now, he doesn’t have depression and has less anxiety so he has become more aware of the wider world and community issues, such as homelessness.
His poetry these days reflects wider concerns in the world, and in fact his poem about homelessness was published in the Big Issue.
Callum says: “I am looking much more broadly now. I have gone through my journey and am in a place to help others and to think about other people.”