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.

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  • 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.
  • Bianca
    Anxiety for me came out of nowhere and hit me like a ton of bricks.
  • 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.
  • Louise
    My friend told me she was coming to get me. She was coming to get me from the other side of town to take me back to her house for the weekend.
  • Pete
    My uncle never left my side that day, or night. We talked a lot
  • Amanda
    38, Vic
    Now, I’m doing much better and have been able to break my alcohol dependency.
  • Andrew
    20, NSW
    You have to have hope that it will get better and if you keep trying it can and will.
  • John
    45, Tasmania
    I’ve learned so much about myself and crystallised my values through recovery.

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