Making Light

A story submitted by Denise, 24.

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I had always joked about my mental health (I found that laughing about my situation can 1. Allow me to talk about my mental Illness to my friends lightheartedly without becoming a burden 2. Allow me to disassociate with what is actually going On) until it all became a bit much and nothing seemed funny anymore. After diagnosis earlier this year, and trialing medication I realised that having a serious conversation with the people I love and trust about depression can’t be any worse than how anti depressants make you feel.

I have a long way to go. But I’m laughing again.

"If you could ask for anything from one person who you believe could make a difference to mental health in your community, who would you ask and what would you ask for?"

I would ask the person who decides what areas of Scotland have what funding for mental health services, why they decided that my local area didn’t receive free councilling and if they would reconsider. Recieving a letter 3 weeks after my initial appointment with my doctor to state that I would not be put forward for councilling had a hugely negative impact on me and my recovery.

Useful Services

Samaritans offer a free listening service for anyone who is struggling to cope. There is no age restriction, and you don't have to give them any personal details if you don't want to. You can call them free in the UK on 116 123.

Mindfulness is a useful technique for dealing with anxiety in your day-to-day life. It helps you to stay present in the moment and not retreat into your own mind, where anxiety can take over. Find out more about mindfulness from Mindfulness Scotland.

Habitica is an app which can help you keep on top of your day-to-day responsibilities. By setting and completing small tasks, you can unlock rewards, upgrades and even pets! Mental health challenges can often impact your daily routine, and having a rewarding way of keeping track of your successes can be very helpful.

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