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Lived Experience Stories
At Voices of Hope we believe in the power of lived experience storytelling. We believe that when someone is vulnerable and shares their story, it allows others to feel safe to do the same.
THESE ARE THOSE STORIES.
It was then that I realised my ED is still with me and I still feel it but it no longer dictates what I do or say.
As the world changes, hopefully, as we continue to break the stigma, it’ll become a daily discussion and not taboo.
Dealing with triggers is something that can take a lot out of you, and so it's best that you do so with the guidance of a professional.
What I'd tell my younger self is that I battle mental illness all throughout my teenage years but it does get easier.
This year has been an almighty challenge, a challenge only years ago you dreamt of being able to experience.
It might be hard at first to set these boundaries and stick to your rules, but believe me when I say that it can make such a big difference.
Voices of Hope reached out to our lovely community for some tips on getting through the holiday season - so, here they are!
I hope my story helps someone else in this position as one in five kids in New Zealand have a learning disability.
Sometimes having something good at the end of your day (or at the start!) can get us through the tough, stressful moments.
You have to be open, flexible and truthful and, in turn, they should be as well in order to find the best solution.
Knowing how far you have come is a great achievement and you should feel proud that you have come so far.
Today, I wish I was there, to tell that girl that felt like something controlled her, that she has all the power.
After both GCSEs and A-Levels alike, the summer holidays were when I felt both terrified and carefree.
Once this becomes routine and easier to do, you might start to notice the little things in your daily life.
Take care of yourself before using a trigger as a way to understand yourself; safety always takes priority over introspection.
If you’re combating any negative thoughts around celebrating your successes, ask yourself, ‘why aren’t I celebrating myself the same way I celebrate everyone else?’
I wanted to share some of the things that have been useful for me in the hopes that it might be helpful for you, lovely reader.
I had made it through something that has, for as long as I can remember, given me incredibly high anxiety levels. I did it.
It's painful but, at other times, it's enlightening and joyful as I realise that what happened to me all those years ago was not my fault.
I used this platform as a journal that I could scroll through whenever I was down to remind myself of better days and to relive happy moments.
I was so grateful for their support and the insightful advice that they offered me, including lessons learned from their own past.