“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.
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#0057 – “This was the first time I started to understand completely that what had happened to me when I was five was not normal.”
Hello beautiful souls. Thank you for this space to freely express. I also believe that writing is a healing journey, it has always helped me, among other healing therapies like psychologists to get the visual images out, energy healing to get all the dark emotions...
#0056 – “I got lucky. The right therapist, on the right day, asked me the right question and I sobbed out a confession of how bad things were.”
Suicide is personal to me. My own story, of a teenage anxiety disorder that blossomed into clinical depression, taught me much about how sufferers can hide their pain. My anxiety disorder, then depression, was with me for years. It was along for the ride as I...
When I was in middle school I was severely bullied by one of my closest friends. We were friends for three years too long. She would call me fat and ugly nearly everyday. She told me I would never get a boyfriend bc I was too ugly. She told me and my other friends...
#0054 – “I hid my mental illness for many years the best I could. I put on a smile no matter what my mind was thinking or going through.”
My journey with mental illness started during my teenage years after I suffered a major head injury when my world I knew suddenly turned upside down. I went from playing sports. Cheerleading, acting to being in a whee chair with limited mobility, seizures almost daily...
#0053 – “I beat myself up sometimes because I didn’t say no and I so badly wish I had the guts to say no to him.”
I’m still pretty young but, I’ve gone through a lot. This is the most recent part of my life. Just one year ago I was sexually assaulted, I brought it up 6 months after because I knew I couldn’t stay quiet for any longer because I saw him a lot and it hurt every time...
#0052 – “I wish that they knew what they did to me. I wish they knew that I tried what they told me. I wish they knew that because of them I hurt myself.”
This is part 2 to #49. I didn't know that I could write a long one🤷🏼♀️ so I was bullied from 1st grade to 5th. It was my first year at that school. We had just moved. It was really hard because I had just left my best friend. But I got used to it. I have had anxiety...
A few weeks ago I tried to overdose. My husband and I had gotten in a really bad fight and I thought it was my only way out. I deal with depression along with bipolar disorder. It’s been hard coping with everything since being out of the hospital. I spent a week there...
#0050 – “I ended up being diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia (the worlds most painful condition with THE most awful nickname) and a traumatic brain injury.”
I had a perfect life. Until it wasn't. All in under a minute. I was this 22yo, 5'1, 52kg little 'thing' a spade was a spade, I was a pretty, fit little thing (I couldn't see it then) but I was holding my own in a man's world and NEVER did I back down from a challenge!...
When I was in the first grade, I was bullied really bad. I was told to kill myself every single day. Then, in third grade I went to the principal, and they said that I was lying and I was too young to even feel that way. I went back to class and was bullied again. So...
I have dealt depression before, but thankfully I was blessed to have had a strong support and love from my family and close friends and through this I was able to overcome it. I also know how it feels when you're feeling alone...when u are going through it and...
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