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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List filtered by category: Young people (12 to 25 years) clear
  • 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.
  • Karekhaa
    ...the best thing I ever did for myself is to keep pushing even though I feel like ending my life at times.
  • Caroline
    As the behaviours escalated, we began to realise that our child needed immediate assistance from a health professional.
  • Sally
    It was such a simply action on his behalf and I don’t think he will ever know how much it meant. He pulls me from the floor into him arms and cried.
  • Daniel
    Thankfully I found myself some encouraging friends and family who eventually started asking if I was OK, which I wasn't but it opened a door to express how I was feeling.
  • Emily
    She looked at me, held my hand and told me she needed me. That I mattered.
  • 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.
  • Sophie
    My mum refused to leave my side.

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