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Maryam’s Story

This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to write – and I write for a living! It’s taken me a long time to understand who I am, and I’m still in the process of acceptance. I’m not the Bubbly Girl at the party, I’m not the Easy Going Girl, and I’m not the Light Hearted Girl. I’m not the Cool Girl [I’m with you, Gone Girl]. I was the Weepy Kid in primary school, the Awkward Girl in high school, the Emotionally Messy Girl in my second toxic relationship by the time I was in college. I …

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Justyn’s Story

My journey with discovering self love and understanding my mental health came at 22, when I decided I wanted to make a change to how I was feeling about myself, in particular with my body. When I was a toddler I was involved in a home accident where I pulled boiling hot water over my body, which resulted in me becoming a third degree burn survivor. As most of my burn scars are not visible I have always been able to hide them from others and the scar that is visible I have always been discreet with it’s placement. So …

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Hannah’s Story

My Acne Journey started in 2016 at the age of 19 whilst working my first professional job as a performer onboard a cruise line! At first, I thought it was just a few spots and that my outbreak would shortly pass, but that couldn’t have been further from the truth. In reality… It was only the beginning. When I returned home to the UK I booked myself in with the doctor and they prescribed me a wide variety of different creams and tablets that would hopefully help clear my skin. After months of trying each medicine I was feeling really deflated …

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Rebecca’s Story

When someone asks me when I first properly developed Anxiety was when I was 17 years old but felt I always had a little bit of it growing up. With having a Receptive Language Disorder since I was born, had made me feel very anxious and different to everyone else. The why I explain it is that it was a delay in learning and understanding spoken and written language. I’ve had speech therapy since I was 18 months old, been in special needs units in two primary schools, and then I went to a Residential Boarding School in Derbyshire for …

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Simon’s Story

As far as I can work out, my depression started when I was 14 years old just after my Father died. I say “as far as I can work out” because it was only much later on in life that I actually realised that I was depressed. I had always been an anxious child, shy even, but being that way seemed normal to me and was just something that was accepted by those around me. Around the age of 12 I started to play the guitar in the hope of forming a band and putting music to the lyrics that …

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Naomi’s Story

I’d say I’ve probably been an anxious person my whole life, but would always put it down to general worry about this thing or that thing. It wasn’t until my late 20s that things peaked and I experienced my first panic attack, which honestly scared the crap out of me! One of my issues is that I’m a doer, so if I’m stressed or anxious, I do stuff to distract myself from those worrying thoughts. But in doing the doing, I’d just buried a ton of those thoughts and feelings and think that panic attack was my body telling me …

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Peter’s Story

I was finally diagnosed with bipolar after 3 admissions to hospital and almost 11 months spent on the mental health wards. I was also told by psychiatrists at the time of leaving hospital that I probably wouldn’t be able to work again. Tools and practices, I feel, are so vital to recovery and wellbeing, we are not a one size fits all society and when we find the things that work for us our whole life can change for the better. I have literally devoted the last 10 years of my life to learning what works for others and trying …

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