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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  • 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.
  • Sammi
    I eventually told my mum that I was self harming and she organised for me to start seeing a counsellor.
  • Tanya
    Just as I was about to end my life, a drunken man came up to me and his exact words were “Don’t go falling down, you’re young” and walked off.
  • Mary
    She pleaded for me to let her in and in the end I did.
  • Boyd
    I suggested everything I could think of at the time but the truth is you can't push a button and make everything okay but you can alleviate the tension… at least for another day.
  • Glen
    we will overcome this hurdle that nearly destroyed both of our lives and the lives of many other people around us
  • Anonymous
    Don’t suffer in silence! Tell someone what you’re going through
  • Valma
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a living, breathing creature that takes on a personality of its own
  • Scott
    You don’t have to feel alone, get help
  • Pam
    This illness is no different from any other illness and you shouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed about it

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