Then & Now: A Story About Friendship and Mental Illness

11 thoughts on “Then & Now: A Story About Friendship and Mental Illness”

  1. I can only imagine the courage you had to tell it to your friends. I’m sure it probably felt like a relief too.
    I am coming up on a year, since I had to confront my own suicidal tendencies, and although I didn’t make the attempt, I came close to making the final decision. I was encouraged to get help, and I glad I did. But owning that point in my life is still raw in my mind.

    Bravo to you!

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  2. True friendship and love is a bond that can’t be broken. I’m glad you got to enjoy your friends again. Thank you for being strong and sharing your story!

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  3. My perspective is probably not so unique. I have always been drawn to people who have mental health issues – especially after I had a situational breakdown when I was 22. My dad died in front of me in an isolated part of Eastern Victoria, Australia. I had to get him into the car and drive 65 miles to the nearest hospital. The combination of that and a girlfriend dying from a brain haemorrhage a month earlier sent me over the edge and I had a breakdown. BTW – they threatened me with ECT too – no kidding.

    However this experience taught me many things – first of all – that you get burned by your wider social circle. That was terrible. The feelings of worthlessness grew in me like a cancer.

    Fast forward 25 years and I probably seen pretty normal – good career and all that stuff. But I mean like – I was opened up – this has enabled me to find all the wonderful things in the people I have known and loved since then.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing such a deep and personal part of your story with me. I am sorry to hear about the struggles you have faced. It seems you have let it build you which shows how powerful you truly are. I have a feeling you are a very unique individual that is doing great things in society! Thank you for the support. Sending you love always! -Hannah

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