A story submitted by Michael, 20.
I was first diagnosed with depression when I was 14 and a buildup of anxiety from that age going up and down. I’ve been a guinea pig for drugs for my mental illness. I’ve dealt with a lot of traumatic experiences throughout my life. I’ve had suicidal thoughts since the second year of high school. The reason I haven’t ended things is through the love of my mother and grandmother who make me feel somewhat significant. The thing that I struggle the most with is not being able to talk to my best friend for advice or even to be in his company. But it has shown me how to be strong on my own. I live for others not for myself. My happiness comes from other’s happiness and contentment.
"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?"
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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.
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