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My Story - Lauren

My Story - Lauren

Growing up I knew that there was happiness, sadness and when it was our time to go, that was just fate. Never did I realise that once I had my late teens that I would be experiencing uncontrollable sadness and...
My Story - Jake

My Story - Jake

It all started during the month of August 2016 when I was at the lowest point of my life. After suffering in silence for many years and never talking about the severity of my depression and anxiety, I needed help...
MY SON'S STORY - MARY

MY SON'S STORY - MARY

My son Joseph ‘Joe’ Sutton was diagnosed with Crohns Disease at the age of 16. He had emergency admission followed by hospitalisation for nearly two weeks with tests, scans, colonoscopies, blood tests and the list goes on before diagnosis.  He...
MY STORY - ZACHARY

MY STORY - ZACHARY

My father was an addict, paranoid schizophrenic, chronic hoarder and a drug dealer. Life in his home was one of extreme boredom, regular physical and emotional neglect punctuated with occasional moments of terror. The clientele my father supplied were desperate...
MY STORY - RICHARD

MY STORY - RICHARD

My father Michael Kerrigan was a successful television director, who was the life and soul of the party and always lived life to the fullest. He thrived off the buzz of live television and the passion he showed was infectious....
MY STORY - KELLY

MY STORY - KELLY

I’m more than happy to share my story and when I was asked if I’d like to write about it, I said yes without a second thought. However, it’s taken me weeks to finally sit down and type it out...
MY STORY - CRAIG

MY STORY - CRAIG

668. By itself that is an innocuous number. But when I tell you that is how many people took their own lives in the past year in New Zealand it has a lot more meaning. That is 668 people that...
MY STORY - COURTNEY

MY STORY - COURTNEY

2018 is the year that marks my three year anniversary of surviving suicide. What makes someone who seemingly from the outside, seemed absolutely fine, to do something so drastic to themselves? Let’s start from the top. I have battled depression...
My Story - Shane

My Story - Shane

When I was 17 my best friend Corey needed footy players for this new Colts team. When I say needed players, he needed me to stand on the oval for 80 minutes and contribute nothing to the game. Surprisingly Corey...
My Story - Lauren

My Story - Lauren

This has been a long time coming. It's not easy when you want to talk about your mental illness and share your experience in the hope that someone somewhere will feel a little less alone but it's your mental illness...
My Story - Kieron Douglass

My Story - Kieron Douglass

What you are about to read has been by far the hardest thing I have ever had to write. I was asked recently what my connection with Mental Health was... it kinda got me thinking that maybe I hadn’t been...
My Story - Dean

My Story - Dean

It all roughly started in 2003. There were no warning signs or particular incidents that set it all off. Just unexplained reasons for feelings of worthlessness and serving no purpose in life. Staring at the ceiling and crying myself to...
MY STORY - TYSON

MY STORY - TYSON

Invisible.  Every morning feels the same. As I get up my head is full of confusion, feeling dizzy and worried what is going to happen at school today. Some days my feelings takeover my whole body and some days I...
My Story - Jo

My Story - Jo

R U Ok Day has been at the forefront this week, and my news feed has been filled with posts from Beyond Blue, so either the timing is coincidental or law of attraction has delivered again.  Mental Health and the...
MY STORY - RENAE

MY STORY - RENAE

My story begins with my wedding day in 2007. The happiest day of my life was the day I realised something was very wrong, something was taking over my body and my mind. Everyone told me that it was just...
MY STORY - DAN

MY STORY - DAN

I suffer from anxiety and depression. Looking back over the last few years of my life, I feel very lucky and grateful to still be alive having survived a horrendously painful, lonely period of darkness leading to suicidal thoughts and...