My name is Kelly Mattison and I am a freelance health and social affairs journalist based in Stockport, greater Manchester. My articles have been published in big issue in the north, big issue Scotland, guardian society, guardian social care and young minds magazine.

Calum Best: what it’s like to grow up with an alcoholic parent

Calum Best: what it’s like to grow up with an alcoholic parent

“Doing this documentary hasn’t really helped me put closure on anything,” said Calum Best with admirable honesty. “What it has helped me with is figuring out that if I need to cope with things and work out why I feel certain things then I need to talk to somebody about it. I’ve always been like, no, I can deal with this myself, I would laugh if I went to therapy. But when I visited the treatment centre, as soon as one tear came I felt that they were never going to stop. It let me know that it’s all still inside, so doing this documentary was a massive step for me.”

Wave hello to the children in Wigan

‘There was nothing to prepare us for it’

‘There was nothing to prepare us for it’