Place a chronic illness on top of this, and your life feels like it’s crumbling beneath your feet, and each day, all you want to do is get through. You consider life is worthless and the thoughts of self-harm linger constantly, you feel very blue and down in your emotions. Life is worthless, life is not worth living…these are the words that are constantly in your mind and do not escape.
This was me at age 16.
When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and being bullied for my height, I realised I needed to talk to someone about my thoughts and feelings that were filling my head. Reaching out for help from the school counsellor allowed me to open up about the issues I was going through.
I also went to headspace and they helped me with self-help techniques, being part of discussion groups, as well as mindfulness and de-stressing techniques. All of these strategies have helped to strengthen me and help me grow. headspace has also helped me to understand the thoughts that challenge me, and learn about what I can do to help myself. Having this support has helped me to get through each day, each week and each month.
Thanks for reading,
Published 2 October 2017