Personal stories

The stories below are the personal experiences of people who have recovered from, or are going through, depression, anxiety or a related disorder. Beyond Blue also encourages family and friends to share their experiences of providing support to someone they care about.

These personal stories provide a first-hand look at the challenges and triumphs associated with managing and recovering from depression and anxiety.

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Sharing your story can be an opportunity to download your thoughts and feelings, help others by providing hope and encouragement, and also help break down the stigma around depression and anxiety.

Join our forums to share your story with our online community. By sharing your story we hope others will find encouragement and hope, wherever they may be on their personal journey.


  • Sarah
    I promise things will get better. Just keep pushing on, one day at a time.
  • Michael
    Once I realised exactly what was going on with my mind, and could put a label on it, I began opening up to my friends and family about how I was feeling.
  • Dan
    Never be too proud to reach out and ask for a hand. It will change your life.
  • Bianca
    Anxiety for me came out of nowhere and hit me like a ton of bricks.
  • Chris
    I hope that by sharing my story, I can show that there is hope and that it is possible to achieve amazing things, even when living with depression.
  • Isabelle
    You are special, you are unique, you cannot be replaced.
  • Russell
    He had abundant patience, which he drew on when working as a personal care attendant. Nick enjoyed drawing, as did his grandfather and great-grandfather.
  • Steph
    I am beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Bill
    That man simply talked to me about his life and what had happened for him.
  • Katrina
    I will be your legacy, I will be your voice. You live on in me, so I have made a choice. To honour your life by living again.

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