“I’ve struggled with my mental health since high school. It was mainly depression. 10 years ago, when I was at school, depression was a taboo subject, no one really spoke about it.
There was times when I felt that I couldn’t handle school life anymore, it was too much for me. I left just before my 16th birthday. That’s when I started a photography course at a college in Glasgow.
Looking back now, I was too young at 16. I couldn’t handle suddenly being presented with college life. Suddenly there was parties, alcohol and pubs. I felt it was a stressful environment, and I wasn’t really ready for it.
This is when my depression started again, I started drinking a lot. It got to the point where my studies went out the window.
It wasn’t until I’d had my first baby, when I noticed that my depression and anxiety started to affect me even more. I started to wonder why I was having the kind of thoughts I was having. I couldn’t even tell my health visitor how I felt.
It wasn’t until my second child that I realised that I really needed help. As well as going to see my GP, I started doing a part-time counselling course at college. It opened my eyes to what was actually on offer at college. I had no idea previously of the kind of support that’s available.
From there, I went on to do a Wellness course, where we did a lot of meditation, stress management etc. It wasn’t until half way through this course that I realised that I wanted to work in this environment, I wanted to help others in a similar situation to me. I feel I can help, because I’ve been there.
At college, I’ve been offered support that I didn’t think would be possible. It’s fantastic having the support. I wouldn’t have been aware of it before. I’m more confident now and don’t mind asking for help.
Once I finish at college, I want to do Adult Nursing at university.”
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