Faces of Depression Project: Leah’s Story

NAME: Leah Alder AGE: 16* LOCATION: Durham* ​ “I have struggled with my Mental Health since I was a very young age , I have always been  an anxious child but when my Anxiety began to effect my daily life my mum contacted my GP and I was referred to CAMHS (Child Adolescent Mental Health Service). My Depression however soon came along, and I began isolating myself not intentionally but my mood was getting lower and lower, my ability to concentrate slowly started to deteriorate and I lost interest in pretty much everything. Things I enjoyed such as, Dancing, shopping, seeing

Faces of Depression Project: Nix’s Story

NAME: Nicola (Nix) AGE: 28* LOCATION: Coventry, UK* OCCUPATION: Chef* “I was diagnosed at 18, and some 10 years later I still find myself at rock bottom, but have finally discovered my way of coping. I struggle daily with my mental health. But it is something I am learning to come to terms with. I never really struggled much growing up, until I had my first major bout of depression at university. It took months of counselling and psychologists, weekly appointments governing my life, wondering what was wrong with me, whilst still trying to be a student. It was so confusing how I

Faces of Depression Project: Olivia’s Story

NAME: Olivia Lomas AGE: 24* LOCATION: Cornwall, UK* ​ “My battle with depression started at a very young age of 10. It was if someone had just switched of the lights, I gave up doing things I liked, I didn’t want to spend time with anyone. I felt hopeless, anxious and confused by what was happening. As I got older others noticed the changes. I also suffer with eating disorders and severe anxiety – I started having treatment at 14 I was put on antidepressants and regular therapy. But not much changed and I had I suicide attempt when I was 17 and

Faces of Depression Project: Nicholas’ Story

NAME: Nicholas Wojtas AGE: 28* LOCATION: Ottowa, Ontario, CA* OCCUPATION: Professional Photographic Artist* “Anxiety doesn’t make us any different from anyone else – it makes us the same as everyone else. At different times in our lives – this negative feeling – can be crippling to all of us. It can hold us back rather than let us move forward. Those moments in our lives are the hardest moments because we must take action and take control back. Having said this – we whom have an Anxiety Disorder are not weak at all. We are strong and brave to endure and find paths

Faces of Depression Project: My Story

NAME: Rebecca Tucker AGE: 23* LOCATION: Cambridge* OCCUPATION: Studying Clinical Psychology at the University of Lincoln*   “I hate being asked, “So what triggered your depression”, because to be honest with you, if I knew, I would have done something sooner. I guess it could have started from childhood although I didn’t realise it until recently. I noticed I went from being a happy, sociable, optimistic, and a high-achiever to a negative, pessimistic person who cringed at the thought of meeting new people and being in new situations- most of the time. Growing up, I had a lot of people around me but very

Faces of Depression Project: Jessica’s Story

NAME: Jessica Taylor AGE: 20* LOCATION: Devon* OCCUPATION: Studying Clinical Psychology at the University of Lincoln* “I think I’ve had depression since my early teens, but I always put it down to my hormones and just being a typical moody teenager. I’d often find that the smallest things would upset and offend me, even things that were intended as a joke. I remember telling my parents once that I thought there was something wrong with me because no matter what I did I just couldn’t cheer up, I’d just be miserable all the time. My dad told me to go and buy myself something

Faces of Depression Project: Hazel’s Story

NAME: Hazel Robinson AGE: 22* LOCATION: Bromley, Kent* OCCUPATION: Studying Pharmacy at The University of Reading* “Since the age of 12 years old I have suffered eating disorders. Instead of my experience being one episode that occurred over a short period of time, for me to realise I need to recover and then have been well since, I have actually relapsed throughout my teenage years flittering between compulsive exercising, self induced vomiting and in one circumstance- a severe case of anorexia nervosa. At 12 years old, wearing size 14 womens clothes, my Mum decided it was high time that I cut down on

Faces of Depression Project: Elle’s Story

NAME: Elle AGE: 22* LOCATION: Cambridge* OCCUPATION: Studying Politics at the University of East Anglia*   “My problems started around four years ago, which as I’m only 20 years old, seems bizarre. How could someone so young have spent so much of their life like this? The problem is, when I was in a bad way, I couldn’t even remember the good days that came before, sometimes it’s all I can remember knowing. But that’s the thing with mental illness; it simply does not discriminate. There is a stigma and a view that it should be secret, hidden, something to be ashamed of. Well

Faces of Depression Project: Chandni’s Story

Name: Chandni Bhanderi Age: 23* Location: Harrow, Middlesex* Occupation: Studying at Metropolitan University*   “My main diagnosis is for anorexia nervosa – restrictive type. I have always had issues with food and my perception of myself.  I remember being as young as 6 years old and having eating disordered thoughts. I went through a few years in my early teen years where I emotionally overate as I had a negative view of myself and felt that I was not good enough and so I used food as a comfort.  This only made me feel worse about myself as I started

MHAW16 (Day 7): The Most Important Type of Relationship

“Nobody can make you happy and you can’t make anyone else happy until you’re happy with yourself first.” The most important relationship you should have is the relationship you have with yourself. There’s only so far we can go with putting the needs of others before ours. Some of us may be so occupied with caring for others or the realisation of being ‘alone’ can scare you and you prefer to distract yourself by keeping yourself surrounded by people. But an important thing to remember is that you have to create your own happiness or satisfaction first before you can