When I was 12 (going in to secondary school) my aniexty was horrendous, i endured this throughout my entire school life in to my Adult life. When i was 22 (10 years later) I was diagonised with Aniexty and Depression. I had NO IDEA aniexty was a even a thing at that age. I want to help people so people don't have to wait 10 years to get treatment.
Having recently lost my dad after he took his own life at 70 just 9 weeks ago, I pledge to help both families touched by suicide and those in need of support to prevent it. I have also experienced mental health related illnesses over the years and strive to support others in overcoming such difficulties by helping them to break free from their own silence.
I have suffered from mental health issues for the majority of my life. Although life has been difficult, I have experience with the fear of discrimination and the stigmas against those with mental health issues. I want no one to feel as alone as I do, so I pledge to help others as best I can.
A while ago I was asked, in school, to make a speech. A short simply speech about something I loved. The first thing that came to mind was my anxiety. It's to something I love but I thought that talking about it to my class would help them understand what anxiety really is about. This way, I could talk them out of contributing the stigma of anxiety disorders.
Recently informed I am living with Bipolar Disorder and General Anxiety Disorder. Mental health has made me question myself and who I am. I doubted myself and my abilities for a long time, but now I am growing more and more confident that I can do anything in life. :) I want to raise awareness, end stigmatisation and encourage more people to seek help/advice and come forward!
As an newly qualified therapeutic counsellor I pledge to continue my work, giving time and space to those who are struggling and to help banish the stigma about mental health disorders.
We can all learn to listen actively; being heard has a greater impact on than you would expect and costs nothing.
I have suffered from a mental illness and faced stigma because of it. It intensifys the effects of your mental health issues massively. It makes what your going through 10x worse, because people act in a certain way towards you, which chips away at you even more making it harder to recover. Some people have no compassion for what a mental illness is and how it actually effects people. Thankfully i realised there was help out there to support me, but things have to change in order to tackle this issue. We need more awareness to stop it from happening.