At 16, I lost my Dad to Cancer and my world fell apart. Life as I knew it came to a crashing halt and I was unable to function in my day to day. I was then diagnosed with Depression and spent years on medications as well as adding alcohol and drugs into the mix, which all ended up altering my perception of reality. 12 years later I was a shell of myself and driving friends away. My family grew increasingly concerned and I ended up at an inpatient program at Capri Hospital.
I left Capri Hospital with a new diagnosis anxiety and a new lease on life. I learnt that I was not alone.That there were people even from my own hometown that had walked similar paths to me. This was where I learnt the power of sharing my story so that others could reach the same realisation I did.
Today I stand strong in knowing that my journey makes me who I am. I am proud of the independent and empathetic human that I have become. But I still have to make sure I keep good habits to stay well. Stuff like keeping a simple life, surrounding myself with a strong support system, reaching out when I needed to and to stay completely honest to myself and others.”
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