Friday, 4 December 2015

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.

Thank you."