“Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.”
– Alberto Manguel
THESE ARE THE STORIES OF OUR COMMUNITY
Below are many stories of mental health: stories of hurting, healing, and freedom. Unedited and honest, these are the real life experiences of our community. These stories are shared by those who have bravely stepped into a realm of vulnerability. These people have shared both for their own healing and to help others know they are not alone. All stories are posted exactly as they are received, so please know that the views, thoughts and opinions expressed in the stories below belong solely to the authors and not necessarily to Band Together nor its community.
SHARE YOUR OWN STORY
This is both a place for you to be encouraged by the stories of others and find healing by sharing your own mental health journey story. We know it’s a big step to share your story honestly. Share as much or as little as you need to. This is a safe place and we will respect your story by sharing it exactly as it was written. You can also read our story online or wear your story with a Band Together bracelet. You belong here!
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
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The stories on our website are shared exactly as they are received without editing or censorship. Reader discretion is advised, as some stories may contain content that some may find triggering or disturbing. To maintain a safe space for those who have shared, commenting capabilities have been turned off. Instead, you can leave a Reaction on the stories as a way to let the author know you are standing with them.
I had been dealing with GAD since 4th and depression since 5th. I was bullied a lot in elementary and middle school. High school started and I was so ready for a fresh new start, not knowing the horrific end that year would bring. At first I made new friends and felt...
#0066 – “I’m thankful for Band Together because it makes postpartum depression and anxiety feel less lonely.”
When I thought of becoming a mom, I thought of all the great and wonderful things that would happen. Snuggles, fun play times, cute outings with family. I desperately wanted to be a mom for most of my 20s. When I finally got pregnant with my first born, I immediately...
#0065 – “It became so debilitating scary, I couldn’t comprehend reality or time, throwing myself in ice cold showers just to stop the panic.”
*trigger warning* ⚠️ Hi I was diagnosed with CPTSD and Anorexia Nervosa 5 years agoBut that does not define me, a diagnoses isnt a life sentence, it’s a small part of how I perceive and built a defence mechanism to the world and I have been working my ass off...
#0064 – “I have been working on changing my inner dialogue, and stopping the wrong thoughts in their tracks before they get out of control.”
I've wanted to share my story since the launch of this community. However, I felt like it isn't really a story...where do I start? And, don't stories have an end? I know I'm still growing and learning every day, so it feels like an incomplete story to share... finally...
My story is a million lifetimes in one but I will try to summarize. I was born into a blended mess. What I mean by that is heavy mental illness on both sides. I was emotionally, verbally and physically abused regularly for the first 13 years of my life. I was also...
#0062 – “I still had this incredible sensitive side that I hid as much as possible every single day.”
***Sexual content*** I feel now that the jungle if you will isn't so thick. My emotions through my life have been incredibly hard to deal with at some points and many times I've felt I had nowhere to turn. I've managed to fight through alot within myself and I feel...
#0061 – “There is so much healing behind sharing, I know it’s a hard step to take, but the reward is so incredibly fulfilling.”
My story of PTSD and depression is filled with loads of physical traumas through a long career in a macho driven sport, as a jump jockey. It was not one accident or one incident that culminated in me going to the most extreme measure of trying to shut out the...
This has been the hardest time in a long time. I am struggling to get out of this endless loop of emotional chaos and feeling disconnected, angry, sad, and tired. My chest hurts, I feel like I am suffocating in this never-ending spiral down. Having fights with my...
#0059 – “Suddenly it all became clear, I needed to smash to pieces in order to build myself up from the ground, and build I did!”
Where do I start? My mental health ruled over me for so long, I'm sharing my story as a final farewell as I release this 'victim' mindset, honour my past and embrace where it has brought me. Through my pain I brought change, obstacles in life are a chance to choose...
I feel alone and overwhelmed right now. I know I will push through and tomorrow will be a brand new day, but tonight, I feel all the feelings...Alone. Disconnected. Like I can hardly breathe.
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A place to anonymously share your mental and emotional health journey in order to break through fear, shame and isolation. You can also read the stories of others. There is significant healing in taking the vulnerable step to share your experience and put words to the journey you have walked. All stories are received and posted anonymously.
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