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My coming out

My coming out

I guess you could say I didn’t have the most traditional coming out experience; I guess I would say the same myself. I never wanted to come out – really, I never wanted to. I always imagined myself existing as the anomaly in life where I would never speak about romantic interests, would never voice any attraction and would just shut off that part of myself.

Learning to drive

Learning to drive

When I was 17, I didn’t think I would ever get behind the wheel of a car. As I got a little bit older, I repeatedly told my family that I was not learning to drive. They couldn’t understand my fear, but I was certain that me plus car equaled danger.

How the 'Focus' programme helped me

How the 'Focus' programme helped me

At 17 I was diagnosed with depression. It wasn’t until 22 that I learned about a community based programme for people with mental illnesses was in my very own village.

Taking ownership and healing from depression

Taking ownership and healing from depression

A young woman's personal story tells us how she learned to take ownership of her own mental health and navigate her way through depressive episodes.

Working through anxiety

Working through anxiety

A personal story from a young woman who came to overcome her panic disorder and anxiety.

Dear Freshers 2017

Dear Freshers 2017

"You're going to be grand, but it's not always easy," from someone who was unsure of themselves starting college but got through with lots of sage advice to give.

Learning to understand schizophrenia

Learning to understand schizophrenia

There are many myths and stereotypes about psychosis and schizophrenia, this is a personal story from one of our volunteers about getting the right information. 

Expressing cases of trauma through art

Expressing cases of trauma through art

Johnathan visited NCAD's graduate exhibition, where a number of students explained the motivation behind their work which was inspired by mental health.

How I learned to manage my mental health

How I learned to manage my mental health

A personal story from someone who tried many different types of medication and talking therapies before they found what worked for the.

How to calm busy thoughts

How to calm busy thoughts

A personal story from a young woman who struggled with not being able to slow down her thinking and what works for her.

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