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.

Would you like to share your story?

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.


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  • 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.
  • Bill
    That man simply talked to me about his life and what had happened for him.
  • David
    ...a hard boiled optimism which aces life’s difficulties and injustices
  • Bob
    Body and mind being repaired together.
  • Eddie
    I wasn’t aware that my wife was talking to my Doc
  • Charles
    Who stepped in to help me? I did.
  • Adam
    The most important thing of all is to make sure they are safe because just telling them what to do or trying to convince them will not work because their mind is in another world.
  • Chris
    I had a very frank and honest conversation with Ben and asked him what was wrong, how he was feeling and then bluntly if he had contemplated suicide. He had.
  • Pete
    My uncle never left my side that day, or night. We talked a lot
  • James
    Reading the Beyond Blue forums, and the support of the Beyond Blue members was a real lifeline.

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