Mental health, in our own words

Exam after exam, work after work. There's not time to enjoy yourself . There's no time to not let that stress affect you and to just be happy...

People say they're the best of years of your life, but growing up is hard.

Many people start experiencing mental health problems in their teens and early twenties, but when it's you, and you feel like you can't talk to anyone, it can feel like you're the only one.

We are 13 people aged 18-25 with mental health problems and this is our message. You're not alone. Things will get better. Ask for help. 

Let us tell you in our own words.

What happens when I ask for help?

Asking for help is a really big step, and it can be hard to know what to expect. Our young people tell us what happened when they told their friends and family.

If you don't feel you're able to talk to your family and friends, you still don't have to struggle alone. 

Who else can I talk to?

Beth

Beth

I have depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and cyclothymia - I was a really anxious child, but I think it started properly when I was about 7. Find out more about me in my #drawmylife.

 

Dee Dee

Deedee

I'm living with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and depression. I think it started when I was about 13.

Jack

Jack

It all started for me when I was 16, a relationship ended and I started purging and self-harming. If you want to find out more about me, watch me draw my life.

Jamil

Jamil

I have depression and anxiety it all started in the lead up to my GCSEs when my father died suddenly.

Jess

Jess

I have depression and I used to self-harm (it's been a year now!). I was 16 when first diagosed. Watch my #mentalhealthselfie

Josh

Josh

I started having having anxiety with intrusive thoughts, including harming others. These really freaked me out and I started having panic attacks because of them. 

Lizzey

Lizzie

I've got borderline personality disorder (BPD) and depression. Find out more about me in my #drawmylife.

Michael

Michael

I have manic depression (some people call it bipolar). Growing up I've always had problems but it mostly started when I was at college.

Ollie

Ollie

My post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression which started about 4 years ago when I got attacked on the way home from a night out.  Watch my selfie about how asking for help changed everything for me.

Savan

Savan

I started really struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in my final year of Uni - but I think the depression and anxiety had actually been there for years.

Susanna

Susanna

I started self-harming when I was 13 and developed bulimia when I was 15. I also have depression. Read my thoughts on the difficulties of having an illness no one can see in my blog

Tom

Tom

My diagnosis is schizoaffective disorder. I think the word 'schizo' is the worst thing about having a mental health problem.

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These videos were funded by The Lucy Rayner Foundation in partnership with Mind. 

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