I don’t actually like the term ‘carer’ when it comes to mental illness. I prefer the word supporter.
I didn’t want to feel like I was different. It took a long time to come around to the idea that what I was feeling wasn’t normal.
‘I see my experience with depression and anxiety as a lesson learned. I want to use it to help others that are struggling.’
'I look forward to a day when people with mental illness will be accepted for who they are and won’t be judged.'
'As my younger self, I never thought I’d find someone to accept me as I am, warts and all.'
‘I’ve had depression,’ I said. ‘This is what happened to me.’
Colleagues approached me and said ‘yes, I've been there.’