Stories

Anonymous, Age 21

The following content may contain information about depression, anxiety, self-harm and/or other related material which may be triggering. Reader discretion is advised. Story Submission by Anonymous, Age 21 I was only 14 the first time I tried to drown myself. When I grew older, I started to understand that no matter how much you wanted…

Anonymous, Age 29

The following content may contain information about depression, anxiety, self-harm and/or other related material which may be triggering. Reader discretion is advised. Story Submission by Anonymous, Age 29 Cars have always been a huge part of my life. Growing up around the Aussie V8 I was hooked. Mum said I used to stand there watching…

Robert, Age 43

The following content may contain information about depression, anxiety, self-harm and/or other related material which may be triggering. Reader discretion is advised. Story Submission by Robert, Age 43 This has been going on since I can remember; my childhood, youth and adulthood. Now I have finally been diagnosed I look back and realise why I…

Anonymous, Age 20

The following content may contain information about depression, anxiety, self-harm and/or other related material which may be triggering. Reader discretion is advised. Story Submission by Anonymous, Age 20 I’ll start straight off the bat with the unfortunate reality: If you’re looking for a story of triumph over mental illness then stop reading because this isn’t…

Anonymous, Age 24

The following content may contain information about depression, anxiety, self-harm and/or other related material which may be triggering. Reader discretion is advised. Story Submission by Anonymous, Age 24 I never knew what Cars For Hope was until today. I’d seen the sticker float around at car meets and the occasional pop-ups on Facebook. As a…

Eleanor, Age 22

The following content may contain information about depression, anxiety, self-harm and/or other related material which may be triggering. Reader discretion is advised. Story Submission by Eleanor, Age 22 They say depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer. It’s like you can see everyone around you breathing when…

Josh, Age 21

Story Submission by Josh, Age 21 When I was little kid I got a skateboard, fashioned an ice-cream container in to a boot, used a cushion for a seat and my feet as the motor, and that was my first car. I would drive it everywhere from the bathroom to the bedroom. I wouldn’t go…

Zac, Age 19

The following content may contain information about depression, anxiety, self-harm and/or other related material which may be triggering. Reader discretion is advised. Story Submission by Zac, Age 19 Growing up with a single mum left me struggling to figure out what it takes to be a man, what it looks like to have it all…

AJ, Age 25

The following content may contain information about depression, anxiety, self-harm and/or other related material which may be triggering. Reader discretion is advised. Story Submission by AJ, Age 25 I want to share this story because car culture did not only save me from the spiralling trap which is depression, but also pulled me out the…

Anonymous, Age 23

The following content may contain information about depression, anxiety, self-harm and/or other related material which may be triggering. Reader discretion is advised. Story Submission by Anonymous, Age 23 Anxiety: something every teenager is sometimes too proud to admit to; too stubborn to find help for. It began for me after a few things went wrong…

Dave, Age 21

The following content may contain information about depression, anxiety, self-harm and/or other related material which may be triggering. Reader discretion is advised. Story Submission by Dave, Age 21 I’ve always had bouts of my depression. People say they understand, and some do, but it’s those times when I wake up and fall asleep depressed that…

Alan, Age 30

The following content may contain information about depression, anxiety, self-harm and/or other related material which may be triggering. Reader discretion is advised. Story Submission by Alan, Age 30 I’ve always had a negative outlook on life, and when I hit my teens the struggles people have with self and their place in the world pushed…