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“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


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.


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!


Readers can choose to leave a reaction inside the story itself for the person who shared their story to come back and see! This is one more way our community can connect to one another and show support, love and solidarity for the experiences that so many of us share.

If you are on a mobile device, click the three black lines at the bottom of the story to reveal the reactions.


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.


#0077 – “It keeps getting worse and worse…”

I struggle to talk about my mental health. I deal with severe anxiety (especially social anxiety). It keeps getting worse and worse... every time I’m put in a situation where I have to be with people I can’t catch my breathe, I shake, I get really hot and I feel like...

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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.


Band Together bracelets give you a tangible reminder that you are never alone in your struggles and that at your core, you are an overcomer. The bracelets were created with significant intention, right from the design including three white beads to the colours of the beads themselves. Wear your band with purpose and for solidarity – you are never alone!


A place to dive deeper into conversation and content to help support you in your mental health journey. Our podcast, blog post and community forums offer a place for you to connect with others who are facing similar struggles. We want you to experience authentic connection with the Band Together Community and receive support as you pursue your mental and emotional health.


A podcast focused on breaking the silence and bringing hope to the Mental Health Community. Join us weekly for captivating interviews with experts in their fields as well as members of our community. This raw, authentic and thought provoking content is meant to support and encourage on your path to positive mental health.


Weekly thought provoking and informative blog content from contributors including a mindfulness expert, counsellor, dietician as well as our community. We have partnered with a diverse group of blog contributors including counsellors, a family and marriage therapist, a mindfulness and meditation expert as well as members of our community. Read up on a variety of topics or use the keyword search to find topics of interest.