Mental Health Awareness RSS



Rebekah Gillian

Instagram Rebekah’s Story: It’s hard to pinpoint quite when my mental health story begins. I’ve been anxious for as long as I can remember, and the depression became so intertwined with this as I grew up that differentiating between the two is extremely difficult. By my ninth birthday, I hated leaving the house and having to socialize with people so much that I asked my mum to home school me. By the time I turned ten, I had self-harmed for the first time, and started an addiction that continues to this day.  I wasn’t officially diagnosed with anxiety and depression until I was thirteen years old, after finally dropping out of school, but you can probably see from the above...

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Rochelle Thomas

Instagram Rochelle’s Story: I started cutting myself when I was a little girl. Not to die, not for attention, but just to feel pain free. It didn’t stop at a young age, and really progressed as I entered into adulthood. I was falling into a deep depression and didn’t even know it. It wasn’t until my mom died that I hit rock bottom with both my depression and self-harm activities. The pain got worse so the cuts got deeper. This scared the hell out of me because like I said, I didn’t want to die, but I was in a mental battle with myself, and the only reasonable solution seemed to be to kill myself. That’s the thing about mental...

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Sarah Rasmussen

Instagram Sarah’s Story: I have struggled particularly the past 6 months with extremely rough depression. I get very bad episodes where I will just cry for an hour straight about nothing in particular. Depressive episodes feel like there is a leech sucking all of the hope out of me. This “leech” leaves me feeling weak and, often times, empty. It’s difficult to keep a strong face in public—I’ve broken down in numerous restaurants, coffee shops, and the like. It’s exhausting and embarrassing to be so sad so often. But I rejoice in the small victories and the moments where I feel joy. Moments that I can enjoy being alive, moments with genuine laughter and sparks of hope, moments where I...

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Terrin Baker

Instagram Terrin’s Story: The first time I ever dealt with depression, I was 16 years old. My childhood was far from ideal. My parents split while I was young. My Mom is bi-polar and is an addict, while my Dad was distance while dealing with his own depression.  Also, at the age of only 15 I gave birth to my daughter. While I will never regret her, I can’t deny the fact that this was unbelievably hard. Her father and I ended up going separate ways, so for the majority of my teenage years we went through several custody disputes. However, the disputes weren’t really between us, they were between our parents. It was a bit of a messy situation. ...

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Briana Beckvold

Instagram Briana’s Story: I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder at age three. I’ve never known life without worry or a feeling of eminent danger, be it real or not. I thought if I ignored my anxiety, suppressed it, ran from it, and denied it, it would go away. My parents – the most wonderful, patient, caring, and selfless people on earth – did everything possible to help me. Psychiatrists, therapists, special accommodations at school, showing endless patience when the alarm bells in my head would send me into a whirlwind. But I dug in my heels – all I wanted was for my anxiety to go away and I thought if I ignored it long enough, it would. I...

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