Below are some facts and figures about one of the most prominent mental illnesses worldwide.
My experience with this? A couple of months ago I realised that I had lost interest in some of the things that I used to love. Normally, these were activities I would never miss out on, but suddenly I started not to care. For me, that was the biggest insight to noticing something was wrong emotionally. At school, I would feel distant from my friends. It felt like they didn’t want me there and, as I walked home from school, I felt a weight on my shoulders from the day, not because ‘my bag was heavy’ but because I knew that what I was thinking was wrong and that something needed to be done about it. With these incidents in mind I started to research some sort of explanation to my feeling, and after more research, more feelings of self doubt, emptiness and no hope.
Now, what should you do if you’re in a similar situation? As hard as it’ll seem and as cliche as this sounds you are NOT alone. There are so many people around you to offer support and guidance. One in four people suffers from a mental health illness. There are so many more people than you can imagine who are struggling with a similar battle. It is okay to ask for help. If you’re not ready to talk to someone you know face to face, there are many helplines available, which can be a great way to express how you feel to someone who won’t judge you but will help to ease that feeling away. Here are some if you need it;
Samaritans - Call: 116 123
Depression Alliance - www.depressionalliance.org
Mental Health Foundation - www.mentalhealth.org.uk
Sane - Call: 0300 304 7000 - www.sane.org.uk/support
Remember that you are stronger than you believe. You are amazing. You are beautiful. And remember, nothing is impossible, even the word itself says ‘I’m possible’.
Teenagers With Experience is an online platform ran by teenagers for teenagers. We provide support through sharing our own experiences and providing advice based from this. If you need support, feel free to reach out to us on one of our social media platforms. We will do our best to support you and if we feel we cannot we will direct you to more suited, professional support.