I live with OCD, depression and anxiety. My OCD followed me around wherever I went. I was in a constant state of fear. I realized that if I wanted to have a relationship with my family I needed to get help.
My senior year things started to change. I noticed that there was change in the way that I perceived myself. I started having panic attacks. My anxiety started to affect my relationships with other people. The way you are feeling and what you are going through is valid.
I experienced depression. I started to not be myself anymore. I went to school and didn’t talk to anyone. I realized it wasn’t going to get better for me and I tried to hurt myself but I just couldn’t do it. Because in that moment I thought of all the people that support me.
Students talk about their mental health journeys.
Carley, I live with excoriation. It’s a coping mechanism that I know is not healthy. It’s so important to talk about mental health because it’s not something I can just stop.
I’m Beth and I lost my 21 year son to suicide. I struggled with the grief and subsequently the depression. The stigma is what’s crazy. I wholeheartedly believe that mental health is not any different than physical health.
I’m Ellie a senior in high school and I live with anxiety, depression and an eating disorder. I take it day by day and it gets better. Recovery is a journey.