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Ugly Traits

They raised their heads again; those ugly traits I picked up as I grew and assumed mine as I developed, their voices crackle.

Sick of it

The internalisation continues. I ended up having a day off as I broke down with the hurt and sadness inside of me; that is at the core of my depression. I didn't want to take the day off I wanted to shoulder on, to go in.

Ulrika Jonsson's story

Ulrika Jonsson has experienced depression and panic attacks on a few occasions in her life.

“Despite having bright, wonderful children and a house I can call my own, I found myself in some real low points. I didn't want to wake up in the mornings, I found it so hard to cope."

Instead of taking antidepressants she chose to deal with the depression herself.

Kate's Story

Kate takes us with her on the long and colourful journey she's undertaken in the last few years, from her first contact with mental health services, taking charge of her recovery, how writing poetry helped her on her way, through to her experience of organising awareness raising events and how she's found it sitting on her local NHS Trust's Service User Involvement Panel.

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