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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  • Bill
    That man simply talked to me about his life and what had happened for him.
  • Terry
    92, NT
    I suggest that older folk forget about age. Age is just a number – don’t sit and fade away.
  • Maria
    89, WA
    At times, the heart gets enveloped by a blanket of snow. The snow can become ice or it can melt away – it is up to us!
  • Douglas
    82, Vic
    I know that life is funny and it can deal people some very funny cards, but what’s the good of worrying too much? Get on and do some good!
  • Inge
    81, Nsw
    I have a new kind of independence these days, and can do the things that I want to do.
  • Albert
    84, Tas
    I think you constantly need to work to keep your mind active and you can’t afford to be complacent.
  • Peter
    86, WA
    It’s important to talk to everyone to find out what they’re thinking and their attitudes – this is what creates understanding and a sense of community.
  • Ann
    88, Nsw
    I think people should take it one day at a time – it’s important to live in the now.
  • Robert
    80, Qld
    The best thing about being this age is being able to relax and feel you’ve made a contribution to the well-being and progression of society.
  • Olive
    83, Nsw
    Live life to the fullest!

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