Personal stories

Everyone’s experience of dealing with tough times is unique. By sharing these stories we hope people will find encouragement and strength to continue to seek the support they need wherever they may be on their journey.


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Dylan
A bit about you:  I grew up in Sydney’s East with my mum, dad and little sister. I write and play music and would love to make it a career one day. I also work as a barista making coffee in a small café in Bondi. What is your experience of depression and/or anxiety? From an age of around 14, I suffered depression and anxiety as the result of issues I was having at home due to...
Jaclyn
A bit about you:  I have lived in Adelaide my whole life with my mum, dad and big brother. I’m currently studying my Bachelor in Paramedic Science and also hope to complete my pre-registration for nursing. I spend most of my time pole dancing, playing with my guinea pigs and watching House or the Office (the US version, of course). One day I would love to travel to Europe, eat...
Bronwyn
When I look back on my life, a lot of it is quite blurred or I am unable to recall it at all. My life, as I had envisaged it, has taken a detour. Having depression and anxiety has changed my life in every way. I think people under estimate how serious it really is. I have always been an active person - playing basketball since I was 8. And was a good student, excelled at schooled but I also...
Bronwyn Age 23
Jess
I am a 25 year old female and I have been dealing with anxiety and related depression for over 10 years now.  My first encounter with panic happened in high school, after I began being bullied. I used to pretend I was sick so that I could leave school early. These ‘sick’ episodes began as a conscious effort to get out of a situation, but as I became more anxious these episodes...
Stefanie
Hi, my name is Stefanie. First of all I want to tell you about Be Happy Day.  In 2011 my little sister Tash and her best friend created a day out of thin air – Be Happy Day, which they decided falls on 18 May. The idea and purpose behind this day was just to be happy; to make a strangers day by being nice to them; to shrug off the little annoying things and smile instead; to try and...
Stefanie Age 25
Millie
I'm a 22 year old student and I have a learning disorder that I have had all my life. I started to become very stressed and anxious about my studies that I started to withdraw from life, stopped making an effort with friends because I felt that they didn't like me. I have three sisters that I have never got along well with too and I started to resent the fact that they didn't want a...