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. I lived with these feelings for a long time, before I realised how wrong something was. It was the same day I wanted it all to end; no more pain.

I knew I needed help, but I didn’t want to talk to anybody because I thought they wouldn’t understand how I was feeling. I felt alone. I felt as though there was a big wall between myself and any possibility of hope or a future. I didn’t have many friends as it was, let alone carrying the label of “mental nutcase”. After the trauma and the scars, I finally looked for help and was diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression. I visited a psychologist, but in all honesty I left feeling worse than I did before I arrived.

I still have my days; anyone who knows me can tell you that. It is hard struggling every day, but I know how to cope with my problems now by surrounding myself with people who love and support me.

The most important thing, however, is that there is always hope.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please reach out. Call 13 11 14 for Lifeline’s 24hr Telephone Crisis Support or contact a mental health professional. If you are looking for other mental health resources, please browse our Find Help page.

If a life is in danger call 000 immediately.

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