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Caitlyn,

15

I was struggling with my mental health

Caitlyn found therapy and support from family and friends helpful

"Family and friends supporting me made all the difference."

Caitlyn,

15

Content warning: contains mental health content that may be distressing

About two years ago, I was struggling with my mental health. I was self-harming a lot and I was suicidal.

Around the same time, I attempted to take my life for the first time. After that, I was referred to child and adolescent mental health services where they diagnosed me with depression and anxiety disorder.

I also started to develop disordered eating patterns and perfectionistic traits which made my life harder.

Many more months and attempts on my life later, I was at my lowest point. This is when I made a more serious attempt on my life, which was traumatic for everyone involved.

Therapy has helped me a great deal, and friends and family supporting me made all the difference.

Even though I am still struggling a lot with my feelings and thoughts, I wanted to say that, no matter what you are going through you deserve help, you deserve love and you’re worth it.

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