Aaron Lynch

The biggest anxiety of all was trying to hide what I was going through and that's when I decided to stop

But that's when I thought about it. I've absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by seeking help, worst case scenario I'm back to square one and that decision is what has changed my life so much. My first step was telling my mum and a few very close friends. The biggest anxiety of all was trying to hide what I was going through and that's when I decided to stop. I told my friends, I told my family and I had no problem telling anyone I was talking to If the conversation came that way. The support I received was absolutely incredible and much bigger than what I expected. One thing I did notice though, was that some people were very supportive for a few days and then stopped, as if I had just had the flu and I'm all better again. 

What I'm hoping my story can achieve is that people realise mental illness is an illness but it doesn't just hang around for a day or two, some people suffer with it their entire lives and we need to get people to understand that. I'm in a much better place since it all began, keeping myself busy and most importantly talking about it. I have my bad days but considering there was a point I thought there would never be a good day again. I keep reminding myself of that and it makes me feel better. Now is the time to start your road to a better place, turn to your parents, friends, colleagues, anyone, now is the time!

Doug Leddin