Over 2 million people in Australia experience anxiety in a year.
Mark is one of those 2 million.
"I had my first panic attack when I was 15. I can remember it vividly. It felt very strange. It was like looking at life through the lens of a camera. I didn’t know what it was. I felt an intense fear. I thought I was going to die," Mark says.
Mark's anxiety gradually escalated during his teenage years. As he got older, he reached out for support, talked to his GP and learnt coping skills through therapy.
“Recovery is accepting that I may live with anxiety for the rest of my days and knowing that I can cope with it. I know what the warning signs of an anxiety attack are and I know how to deal with them.”
On the road to recovery, Mark found beyondblue in 2003 and he joined blueVoices and the volunteer Speakers Bureau.
"I like to think of myself as an advocate for good mental health, so I encourage everyone to seek support if they need it."
For Mark, one of the most important things is that his son lives a healthy life, mentally and physically, and that with the right support, anxiety and depression don't limit what you achieve in life. That is why Mark wakes up every day helps to reduce stigma and empower people to get better.
beyondblue is grateful to have blueVoices members and Speakers across Australia, who share their stories of hope, recovery and resilience. People like Mark are vital to good mental health in Australia, as they encourage people to contact the beyondblue Support Service and seek the support they need.
It is with your generous support that beyondblue is able to ensure that every phone call, email and web chat to the Support Service gets answered, and that people like Mark can continue to advocate for mental health and wellbeing in Australia.