Behind Closed Doors
Poverty is about much more than a lack of money. A year of hostels, sanctions and lack of heating can take its toll. One of our Commissioners writes:
"After an amazing year in 2014, 2015 has been a bad year. People don't always know how deep depression and mental health can take a hold on you. 2015 has been a year from hell.
My mind drifted from reality, I even didn't know what was real and what wasn't. There were days I wished I wouldn't wake up. That's what people don't understand.
I was a strong person before and felt I could take on the world. Now I've been reduced to a wreck. I was so close to self harming to get an escape from the pain I was going through. My mind was full of negative thoughts, I was on the point of a nervous breakdown. I can understand now that I wasn't well. I understand my illness a bit better now. I've still got a lot to learn though.
Even strong people can crash and burn at times. It's how you bounce back.
Thanks for listening to my story, I hope it can help someone out there. If you're struggling, don't lock yourself away at home. Find people. Talk to people.