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Created By Mind, the mental health charity
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Witness the stories of 13 people aged 18-25 that talk about what it's like to live with a mental health problem, and what helps them cope.
Mind, which is a mental health charity, shares these stories to help other people similarly trying to cope with some of the following mental illnesses:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Depression Anxiety Self-harm Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Purging Bipolar Depression Bulimia Schizoaffective Disorder
After sharing their stories, each person listed coping mechanisms that’ve helped them and what they wish they had known beforehand. If you’re struggling with a mental illness too, hopefully some of their suggestions resonate with you and lead you in a path towards improved wellbeing.
For Susanna her two rescue dogs help cheer her up when she’s feeling down because they’re always happy to see her.
Lizzey reflected on how far she’s come with everything she had gone through and found strength in the fact that she’s still here despite it all.
Jamil advises the best thing you can do is force yourself to get over the initial fear of telling people about your condition.
Ollie says the best thing he did was asking anybody for help, because more often than not they will be supportive for you.
Jack wish he knew how much therapy would help him and how much he’d gain from that. He also wish he knew that it was possible to meet people that would love him for all that he was, including his mental illness.
Jess and Tom both wished they knew that they didn’t have to feel so alone and that there was support out there with people to help them.
For those of you who feel like you’ve tried everything and there’s no hope left for you, try to have faith in Susanna’s encouragement that “Even if you think that things can’t get better, because you’ve tried so many times and you’re fed up, things really can get better and you can recover, so don’t give up on yourself.”
You may have been dealt a really crummy hand, but there is always hope within you to get better and these 13 people are living proof of that.