Welcome to MENTAL

A collection of stories ON mental health experiences

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“Writing my mental health story is an accomplishment I never thought I would achieve.”

Writing my mental health story is an accomplishment I never thought I would achieve. I was first diagnosed with anxiety and depression in 2013. As a bubbly person, having treatment for mental health was a major shock to everyone.

I went on medication to manage my mental health. I attended counselling to assist me. I was abused by mother and other family members. The counsellor provided me with an understanding of how I became mentally unwell.

After six months of treatment, I stopped, because my life was great. 13 months later I was back on my mental health medication and attending counselling once more.

I was studying full time for the first time, and, as a result I could not cope with the course workload. I had a major mental breakdown and quit the course.

Today, my life is less stressful and more mindful. I am thankful to have a mental illness as I have learnt and still am learning how to be a healthier person. I still have 'mini breakdowns', and when they happen I put my plan into motion. I switch off from technology: no social media, no internet, no music, or tv; I write out what is happening in my head and after I have done that I throw the paper in the bin. I complete a calming activity such as reading, colouring in, meeting up with friend, or I go to a movie. Most importantly, I don’t worry about what I can’t control.


If the content on this website is distressing or triggering, or, if you are worried about your or someone else's mental health, we have provided in contact details below for you to speak with a professional. If you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call the police immediately on 111.

• NEED TO TALK? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor (available 24/7)
• LIFELINE: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
• SUICIDE CRISIS HELPLINE: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
• YOUTHLINE: 0800 376 633
• KIDSLINE: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
•WHATSUP: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)

“I have now been diagnosed with severe PTSD, anxiety and depression.”

“But I also know that it’s not forever. Dark states of the mind don't last.”