Bernie, 51, UK

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“I suffer from severe depression and anxiety. I worked in health care for over 25 years. When my illness brought me low I was treated worse than a leper by my employers and colleagues.

I’m currently well (over two years with medication) thanks to an excellent GP and local mental health community crisis team.
When the experiences of your past lead to mental illness (as in my case) you must unlearn everything it has taught you about how to think how to react and how to live.

There is no one in your life more important to you than yourself. Make big changes, be brave. I learned to recognise the triggers that send me down the black hole and I am ruthless in removing them from life. Learn from everything good and bad. Never ever feel alone with your illness. No matter what you think there are people who you matter to.

Learn from everything good and bad. Never ever feel alone with your illness. No matter what you think there are people who you matter to.

I’m proud to add my support (and my face) to this page and its members.
This is what a well-educated, ex-professional person with a mental illness looks like.

Thank you for helping to rid all us of the stigma.”

 

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