I’d always considered myself a strong, capable, go-getting, glass half full kind of person, never the ‘type’ to have mental health problems. When I realised I was suﬀering from depression, I was deeply ashamed and tried to hide my symptoms.
I learned the hard way that mental health problems aﬀect people from all backgrounds – they do not discriminate. I paid a very high price for not reaching out sooner and for letting my depression escalate. I almost paid for it with my life following a very serious suicide attempt.
Determined to ensure I never let myself reach crisis point again, I actively look after my mental health as actively as I look after my physical health. I know the early warning signs to look out for and have a plan in place to respond to those signs.