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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  • Karekhaa
    ...the best thing I ever did for myself is to keep pushing even though I feel like ending my life at times.
  • 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.
  • Bradley
    I want people to know that it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, Depression can strike anyone
  • Alex
    I just felt so helpless
  • Kitty
    Don’t be ashamed about it, otherwise it will consume you
  • Hollie
    I am determined to win, to fight and to overcome and I know I’m not the only one out there who is
  • Amanda
    Mental health had never been talked about with me and I had no idea what was happening to me

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