I began suffering from depression and anxiety when I was 13. The worst thing was, I couldn’t pinpoint what the cause was. I suddenly began feeling sad and I cried all the time.
This meant I found it hard to explain what was wrong, and some people were impatient with me. But my mum was there with me every step of the way.
I want others with mental illness to know that there is always support out there, and you should never give up looking for it.
I know not everyone is as lucky as me to have such a supportive family, but I want others to know that there is always someone to talk to.
At the time, you feel like no-one will understand you, but they will always respect what you have to say and will find a way to help you.
I would like to thank Kyle Anderson, Chloe Kellie and Ellie Home for helping me with this Fix.
Shak & Natasha
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