Stories

David, Age 26

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 David, Age 26 I hate when people talk about depression like Mr. Miyagi; “The waves may crash on the stone and yet it holds strong, but over time water wins”…hell…

Josh, Age 16

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 Josh, Age 16 In July of 2014 I played a role on the hunt for a missing person who was battling depression, and for 5 days I was posting a…

Anonymous, Age 24

Story Submission by Anonymous, Age 24 I have always loved cars, but I didn’t appreciate the freedom of losing myself in driving until I got my license at 18. My dad bought me a little hatch and I have to admit I flogged it until I finally replaced it after 6 years and 200-something-thousand kilometres…

Ross, Age 19

Story Submission by Ross, Age 19 In early 2012 I went to Brisbane to stay with my brother for a month, as something of a holiday over the Christmas period. A few days before we left home, I had started noticing bouts of shortness of breath and an impending feeling, but I couldn’t quite explain…

Anonymous, Age 27

Story Submission by Anonymous, Age 27 There are so many blogs and stories out there of people suffering through depression and suicidal thoughts. So many stories I’ve read and terrified myself with how much I can relate to, scrolled through comments and thought to myself, “Okay – so I’m not the only one.” But where…

Kimmie, Age 18

Story Submission by Kimmie, Age 18 I used to wake up every morning and wonder if there was any point in getting out of bed and starting the day I had ahead of me. I avoided social situations and had self-image issues. I was scared of everything and didn’t want to live my life anymore….

Tracey, Age 25

Story Submission by Tracey, Age 25 I’ve suffered depression since I was 15. From my diagnosis until I was 18 years old, I did everything I possibly could to ease my emotional pain. I found that causing physical pain to myself gave me a release, albeit only very little. I fell in love when I…

Mark, Age 23

Story Submission by Mark, Age 23 I never thought it would happen to me; the world we live in makes us think that depression and anxiety are terrible things, but you never really stop to think about how often it happens or how serious it really is. On the surface I was friendly and outgoing,…

Wayne, Age 52

Story Submission by Wayne, Age 52 The thing that saddens me about doing this is reading through the previous submissions and seeing the age of the people; all under 30 years old. But the best thing about reading them is that they’re still here to write about it. I’m Wayne, I’m 52 years old and…

Chris, Age 19

Story Submission by Chris, Age 19 I started feeling depressed about 6 years ago. I was young and I had no idea what was going on. I was terrified. I didn’t want to tell anyone because I thought I was a freak, so I hid it. I tried and I tried to force it back…

Bec, Age 19

Story Submission by Anonymous, Age 19 I don’t know why I am writing this, no one will read it. I know I am depressed, I know I could probably be happier. I just can’t face myself to tell my family, my partner, anyone really; I feel it’s easier to live depressed than talk about it….

Anonymous, Age 19

Story Submission by Anonymous, Age 19 If you saw me, I would seem like a happy person. My life would look so great, so complete. But beneath this shell, hides a fractured individual. Yeah, my life is pretty good, but I often wonder about the decisions I’ve made so far. Yeah, I’m only 19, but…