Thursday, 24 October 2019

'Survivin n Thrivin' - Harry's Story Of Recovering From Depression

Hello! My name is Harry and I'm 19 years old. I have been living with depression for the last 4/5 years, with being diagnosed last October. This is when I began my journey in recovery, with help from family, friends, and of course professionals.

In one year I;
I. got an offer for Queen's University in Belfast,
II. achieved 3 B's in my A-Levels,
III. moved to Belfast for University,
IV. moved back to Derry after one month at university,
V. saw countless health and mental health professionals ,
VI. started medication to help improve my mental health and my mood.
When I was leaving Belfast in October, to begin my recovery, it's hard to explain what I was feeling. I was sad, terrified, confused, glad, suicidal all at the same time. I was leaving with the thought I'd never be back, and all my years in school and hard work I put in for my A-Levels was for nothing. Now I'm returning, less than a year later, and more excited than ever to be back in Belfast. I'm proud of how far I've come already, and optimistic for what my future holds. Soon, I'll be a qualified marine biologist :).

In terms of improving my mental health outside of the medication. I have learned how to put up a barrier so to say, when the negative thoughts come. Before I would let the thoughts in, I would give in because thats the easier thing to do. I wanted to be sad, as weird as it sounds. Now however, I am able to block the thoughts and not let them in. That doesn't mean that I don't acknowledge the negative thoughts, I think it is important to do this and reflect as it gives us a better understanding of ourselves and our own mind. I also plan to improve my physical health massively. I want to get into shape, and look better. This in turn will inevitably help to improve my thoughts of my body image, but exercise in general helps our mind and helps us to feel happy!

The whole idea of starting my page on instagram was not only to create a space for people to come to if they were feeling bad or confused, but was to be a voice for young people and our mental health. Also for men, as we all know that there is a stigma around men and mental health. I wanted to show other men, that its ok to feel sad, its ok to cry, and most importantly is is MORE than ok to talk about our feelings. Men have feelings, women have feelings and we ALL have mental health!

Follow Harry's instagram account: @survivin_n_thrivin_


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