AN INSTAGRAM page set up by two Andover sisters, which aims to support people with mental illnesses, has reached new heights with more than 20,000 followers. 

The pair have gained celebrity attention from the likes of TOWIE favourite Gemma Collins and TV presenter Stacey Solomon for their work in suicide prevention. 

Paige Seddon, 23, and her sister, Coral Lewington, 31, set up their page, itsokay@needtotalk, in March last year after the death of Love Island contestant, Mike Thalassitis.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Coral said suicide affects more thousands and that she herself lost her father to suicide at just five years old.

She said: “Since we set up the page last year, we have seen people from all walks of life; ever gender, every age and every race. 

“What people don’t realise is that so many people experience the same issues but feel isolated by their feelings.

“If people stepped away from the idea of ‘I feel like a burden’, it would be able to work through their issues properly and open up more healthy conversations.” 

Between the pair, they share numerous mental health diagnoses including OCD, PTSD, anxiety and depression.

Both sisters are currently in therapy and openly discuss the positive results of talking through their issues. 

Coral saw a huge spike in people visiting their page after the passing of Love Island host, Caroline Flack two weeks ago.

She said: “I don’t think Love Island is the reason behind it, but I do think that reality shows like that push people into the spotlight and make them vulnerable to the positives and negatives that comes with social media.”

“Trolls expose the dark underbelly of the internet and abuse the system by sending horrific messages without consequences.

“Despite having the technology to track the IP addresses of these vindictive people, but there is very little is done to stop this. There is a real gap in the law which needs to be addressed.”

Coral wanted to expand this page by making inspirational quote bracelets designed to relieve anxiety with 10 per cent of funds donated each month.

Ten per cent of earnings made from the sales is donated to a different mental health charity, as voted for by followers each month.

She added: “It’s incredible the amount of support we have received from the page, we now have goals to grow the page to make it”. 

The pair have decided to arrange a meet up to celebrate their one-year anniversary at Glebe Hall, in Basingstoke, on March 28.

If you would like to go along to the meet up, tickets cost £3 via their Instagram page.