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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  • 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.
  • Jeanette them that you care and that you will go with them to get the help that they need.
  • Karekhaa
    ...the best thing I ever did for myself is to keep pushing even though I feel like ending my life at times.
  • Carlo
    The BeyondNow tool helped Nat to empower herself and keep her safe until the crisis team arrived
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amy
    Sometimes all I needed was a hug or to be held.
  • Kate
    In the smallest ways that I didn't realise at the time, she fought for me.

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