Samantha, 21, UK

*****TW: Mentions drugs*****

“Ever since I was a young teenager I used to hide in my room and cry. I was very unsure in myself and did everything I could to try and make myself look pretty, but I still never felt comfortable. At this time I was also going through a tragic event, which happened for a few years and I kept this a secret for a while. When I was 18, I spoke up about this but it still hurts me inside and I am always thinking about what has happened and seeing this go through my head again.

I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in 2016, and have tried a few different medications for this. As well as in 2017 I was also diagnosed with an adjustment disorder. I was also sectioned at this time. I have had counselling 8 times, as well as having a care worker.

I sometimes deal with things like overdosing, but I am getting the help and I am getting better. I still have a care worker and I am looking to put myself in a better place, I am looking to move away as I feel like I need a fresh start as this may also help. I have noticed that I have started to feel better than what I was and I never thought I’d get to this place, but there have been improvements. Sometimes things can take time but you will get there.”



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