An Interview with Jimmy Elliott – Holding of Wrist

If you’re nervous about YouTube but really want to create videos, sometimes you just need to do it. When I started YouTube, I didn’t go into it for my money, ‘fame’, interviews or anything else – none of those things existed.

I do YouTube because I enjoy it and the moment I don’t enjoy it is when I will stop. I would say to make sure that you’re doing it because you enjoy it. Believe that you are worth watching, be genuine and people will watch your videos.

Who are you favourite YouTubers?

I enjoy watching ShayCarl, Charles Trippy, ApprenticeEh, Joey Graceffa, Meghan Camarena, Jc Caylen, DeeFizzy, BryanStars, Jeydon Wale and more. Some of my favourites have become friends.

You’ve now launched your own organisation, ‘Holding of Wrist’. Could you tell us more about it?

Yes, of course! I’m always starting new projects. Holding of Wrist was started in 2008 in an attempt to help others through self-harm, depression and suicidal thoughts.

It was started after I dealt with these issues around 2006-2008 as a result of severe health issues at the time. Since 2008, we have hired over 15 staff who have replied to over 75,000 emails and built a network of over 150,000 supporters.

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Holding of Wrist was launched in 2008.

Where do you hope to see Holding of Wrist in the future?

In the past year we’ve launched (and soon to relaunch) the most advanced website we’ve ever created. The website includes resources that cover 100% of the world. We put all worldwide resources for mental health issues into a simple page for easy access.

In the future, Holding of Wrist will continue to expand and start up new projects. We believe in connecting directly with those who are hurting and offer hope and love to them. That will always be our first priority.

Have you got a good response from people so far in regards to Holding of Wrist?

I’ve received nothing but love from those who support my efforts with Holding of Wrist. We are celebrating six years of work on October 6th, 2014 which is a blessing.

When I hear that one of our emails saved someones life, it gives me the opportunity to step back and realize how much of a blessing my life is. I created Holding of Wrist from a Myspace page and it evolved into what it is today.

How can people help Holding of Wrist or get involved?

We love those who love to help other people! To get involved, follow our Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages. Just search ‘Holding of Wrist’.

 

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Daniel Mackrell

Co-editor at Tube Chum
Journalist. Former Winchester Student. Chelsea fan. @WINOL Alumnus. Co-editor, @TubeChum.
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