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Mental Health Stories

Colby, 17, Templeton/California “For years, I have never understood where I was supposed to get emotional help. After my dad was killed by a drunk driver, where was I supposed to go? I was distraught, couldn’t focus in my classes, and felt like no one understood what I was going through. I would assume the place that I spent 34 hours a week at would provide help. I struggled for years with feeling hopeless, yet there were no resources available. No student should have to pay hundreds of dollars to talk to someone.

As student body president, I heard every generic concern possible from administrators: How can we get test scores up? Getting students more engaged in class? I, at one point, was given a list of 150 issues and future goals by my schools administration: none of which included the mental and overall health of students, despite the crisis we face in society today. 18% of 11th graders on my campus considered suicide in the last 12 months. 36% of 11th graders felt hopeless/sad every day for the past two weeks or longer. Yet, nobody was listening.

All they saw were test scores and engagement. And I’m ecstatic to announce I found a solution to get test scores up, improve engagement and so many others! No it’s not more studying. It’s not more discipline. It’s something that cannot be taught or emphasized in a calculus class or some standardized test. It’s reaching out to the student who struggles with mental illness who has nowhere to go. The student who’s having a rough day and needs someone to open up to. The student who has been struggling financially and has a hard home life. The student who struggles in school but is lost in the system that teaches every students like a cookie cutter. Don’t get me wrong: it’s not these underpaid, compassionate, loving adults who work in education who are at fault- they work in a broken system that merely looks at students as dollar signs and test scores. Everyone needs help at some point, but the sad reality is, there just hasn’t been the resources or the awareness- times are changing..." For the full story, go to www.mhstories.com ❤️ #mhlookslike


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It's that time of year where a lot of people are celebrating the festive period, but for some of us this time of year can be very hard to deal with, and that's okay. Just because it's the holidays, it doesn't mean that you have to feel okay all the time.

If you're struggling this festive season, know that you're not alone. Take it one step at a time and know that the holidays won't last forever ❤️ -@hans_mhrecovery

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Don't ever apologise for what you feel ❤️ -@hans_mhrecovery

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Celia, 30, Austin/Texas “I have had Depression since I was 11 years old and I started experiencing psychosis in my teens. I have Schizoaffective Disorder Depressive type. This disorder is characterized by symptoms of both Schizophrenia and Depression. I experience various types of delusions and auditory and visual hallucinations. The main delusion I experience is that I am the second coming of Christ. I also have high levels of paranoia on a daily basis. The voices I hear are very negative, they comment on my actions/words and they tell me what I should do. I have seen many things as well, which have both fascinated and frightened me to the core.

I have been hospitalized four times. It’s going on two years since my last hospitalization. Mental illness completely dominated my life at many points in my life. It weighed heavy on my spirit. However, it has also broadened my perspective on things and people. It has made me a much more understanding person.

I cope with my illness by taking psychiatric medications, seeing my doctors, going to counseling, talking to my family and staying active. I also have a lot of hobbies I engage in like writing, drawing and reading.

I encourage you to seek professional help if you are struggling. I also encourage you, once you’re in a healthier place, to actively seek out positive people, engage in hobbies and get physically active.

Mental illness makes me feel small, but in speaking out and trying to help others, I feel empowered.” #mhlookslike


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I think a lot of us are guilty of spending too much time on our phones and so these self care tips are some of the best I've seen 💖 -@hans_mhrecovery

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You only have to say yes to what's right for you, regardless of what others think 💖 -@hans_mhrecovery

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Amy, 29, Ireland “I’d like to lie here and tell you that one morning I just woke up and my mental health was sprained, that up until this point in my life everything was fantastic. No childhood trauma, accident, illness, a loving stable and caring family albeit most of this is entirely correct, unfortunately this is not the case. My mental health has been on a steady decline since my early adolescence. Anxiety began to ever so slowly crawl its way into my life until it became my greatest ally, practically unbeknownst to myself. A dull, tightening sensation would form in my stomach. I knew it didn’t feel right but somehow and being completely honest, I ignored it until it became my norm. Everyone feels like this I would reassure myself with, you just get on with it, that’s life! I became anxious in regards to every aspect of my life but from the outside to everyone else I appeared calm, chilled and at ease. I kept everything, and I mean everything, inside, all my feelings and emotions suppressed. I felt as though I were a pressure cooker about to explode. I can remember sitting on my bedroom floor and crying inconsolably with my whole body, physically shaking. I wouldn’t even know what I was crying about but looking back, I can see that this was my way of releasing all of the suppressed feelings. Trying to be present on a daily basis was excruciating, I had become an athletic at believing my mind and the stories it would conjure up for me, that I was no good, useless, ugly, stupid, simply not good enough. Depression soon followed. I had anxiety to my left and depression to me right and like the way the song goes there I was stuck in the middle.

My depression accelerated intensely, particularly around three years ago when I become diagnosed with a chronic illness, soon after my diagnosis, my interest in life subsided. A grey fog masked my outlook on life, it felt as though I was blinded. I just went through the motions of existing because I most certainly wasn’t living. I could see the worried looks of concern and fear even etched upon my family and friends faces but I didn’t care.." For the full story, go to www.mhstories.com 💖

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Once again we are delighted to have been nominated in the @ukblogawards for the third year running! If you could spare a few moments to vote for us and also our founder @kay_ska, we would be very grateful! 💖

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Ryan, 37, Keighley/West Yorkshire ******** TW: Mentions Suicide ********
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“At the age of 30, I was first admitted to a mental health hospital ward after attempting suicide in a B&B in Blackpool. I call it my ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ moment after the film when Nicolas Cage decides to go there to drink himself to death.

Eight years on, I have used the power of cycling to launch my own mental health campaign, Recycle Yourself. And I am training for a 4.802-mile ride around the entire coast of Britain to raise money for mental health charity Mind.

Cycling works for me and I know I’m now pushing it to the extreme but ultimately my best advice to anyone with a mental health issue is that medication is only one course of treatment – there is so much that you can do yourself to improve your mindfulness, well-being and ways of coping. Many of these ‘tools’ I have developed thanks to the mental health voluntary sector.

A solution is out there, you might need to seek it out a bit more in the short term but help is available.

I can now look back to when I was as young as 17 and recall moments of suicidal thoughts, and now notice longstanding issues with my behaviour and my unorthodox way of coping with stress and emotion. Looking back, I was rarely happy being myself and often tried to run away from any problems hoping that I could escape them not knowing that the real problem was actually me. Not knowing anything about mental health and there being none of the online or social media sources of information, I was unaware that it could have been a mental health issue and instead I just put the blame down to me being a ‘bad’ person.

When I was 24, I lost my mum to a brain aneurysm. I think that until recently, I hadn’t grieved properly for her, instead reverting to running away. Just as I had run away to live and work in Dublin when I was 18 and under pressure, after my mum’s death I went to Greece. My suicide attempt in Blackpool had followed a relationship breakdown and after some sporadic treatment and a few years of relative happiness..." #mhlookslike

For the full story go to www.mhstories.com 💖


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None of you deserve people in your life who treat you poorly; you deserve so much kindness and respect 💖 -@hans_mhrecovery
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When you suffer from anxiety you can often become preoccupied by what if thoughts, which can be very hard to ignore.

If you struggle with anxiety, how do you manage those what if thoughts? Let us know in the comments 😊 -@hans_mhrecovery

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