Talking about mental health

Coming from an Asian background most people my age suffer in silence, but it doesn’t have to be that way

Where to begin? I started to notice my mood changing and feeling more down during my final year of university in 2011-12. Savan There were so many factors that caused it - especially the pressure of doing my dissertation and looking for a job even before graduating. I also have a learning disability in the form of Dyslexia so things were much harder than they seemed at the time.

Talking about depression, raising awareness - we can beat this. I know I am!

For as long as I remember I have been different, but maybe back then I didn't realise how much of an effect it would have on me as I got older. I'd say the realisation came in middle school; everyone seemed so care free, so happy and confident, but behind my fake smile and popular group of friends I was battling mentally.

Mental health discrimination is something I never dreamed of facing, but I am not afraid to talk about my depression

In March 2014, I applied for Cabin Crew with Emirates Airline. I was shortlisted from thousands of people, and battled my way to the final interview. It was the most exhausting week I had experienced in a very long time. After waiting 4 weeks, I received my ‘golden call’ and the recruiter told me that I’d been successful and would be starting with them on July 6.

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