Angela's story

Angela

With Post Natal Depression felt as if I wasn’t good enough for my son. I felt like he would be better off without me. I felt like I was incapable of giving him the life he deserved, which in turn made me feel guilty and took me to a very dark place.

No matter how many people told me that I was more than capableof giving him the life he deserved, it fell on deaf ears because I feltworthless and ashamed - I was in absolute despair.

My PND had a domino effect and I was really ill through my late teens and early 20s, spending a lot of time in hospital. It’s really hard when you have a mental illness to have to pretend to be something you can’t really be just to avoid the stigma.

“It’s really hard when you have a mental illness to have to pretend to be something you can’t really be just to avoid the stigma.”

Being a volunteer for See Me, I like that I can talk openly about myself, it helps me to understand myself and will hopefully help others too. If you had a physical illness you wouldn’t try to hide it so why should you have to with mental illness, after all, it’s still a health issue.

I’ve seen the impact that stigma and discrimination can have on people of all ages with mental ill health, but we can end that. I couldn’t function for a long time, now I’m following my dream, studying psychology.

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