Every year, BBC Radio 1 selects a group of “Teen Heroes,” or “young people who make the world a better place.” They’ve been revealing the 2021 honorees all week, and on Greg James’ Radio 1 Breakfast show this morning, they surprised an honoree named Madison with a message from her favorite musician: Halsey.
“Hey Madison, it’s Halsey,” the singer says in an audio message prepared for Madison. I learned about your “positivity packages” and the tremendous amount of good you’re doing in your neighborhood. I’m so proud of you for using your compassion and experience to assist others. Struggling with your mental health can be a lonely battle, but I’m so proud of you for using your compassion and experience to help others. You’re making a huge difference in a lot of people’s lives. Just remember to direct those words and deeds in the direction of yourself as well. I agree with you, I like you, and I congratulate you on being a well-deserved Radio 1 Teen Hero.
Madison’s experience was described earlier in the show by James, who stated that she began having acute anxiety three years ago. The pandemic lockdowns were a major setback for her, as she had been on the mend. Despite her personal challenges, Madison devised “positivity packages,” which she would deliver to those experiencing mental health issues and contained items such as candy, fidget toys, messages of encouragement, and more. She has sent out about 300 of these packages so far.