It was a couple of years ago that I first started to experience depression. For the first six months, I didn’t really talk to anyone about it. I didn’t want to burden anyone with my problems or add to their load.
I hadn’t experienced mental health problems until about three years ago. I was having some family issues, and I had no one to blame but myself, so I felt alone and ashamed - that’s when I started to self-harm.
I am Carys, I am a Young Champion and I live with mental illnesses, including very bad anxiety. You probably wouldn’t notice it too much if you saw me out and about living my normal life because being busy and staying out of the house is how I learnt to manage my mental health difficulties.