Two years ago I went through a tough time. I was feeling depressed most of the time and didn’t accept myself. I only had rare sparks of happiness. It was like living a nightmare.
I thought everybody went through the same thing. I started to hear voices, lose control of my emotions and do strange things. I thought people weren’t enjoying my company and were turning against me.
My family put me in a hospital. I had two lovely Psychiatrists, psychologists and all sorts of therapies.
I left the hospital and continued with Cognitive Behaviour therapy and with a new Break Thru Case Manager.
I learned a lot from the Break Thru Case Manager about mental illness and how to cope and recover. Break Thru worked closely with me to attend activities to build my confidence and speed my recovery.
Now, with my Case Managers support I am able to go to Yoga, Basketball and to the Gym and to Mental Health Movement “GROW”. I am able to participate in the religious group called Antioch especially for young people and join a choir. I am also able to get help from a dietician because I was overweight from the medication.
Break Thru encouraged my family to come to meetings as I feel that it is very important for me to have them by my side in these sessions to immediately apply the tips to our life style.
I am now on the way to recovery.
I am able to work part time twice a week and to volunteer once a week, to be involved with Church, to spend time with friends and to enjoy going to parties. I am also able to plan for my own 21st party which is happening soon.
Break Thru helped me to not only find help and support, but have helped to build up the support I can draw on from family and friends, especially my aunty, parents and brother.