Me and My Mental Health Story

Hi... I'm Chloe, I'm 18 years old and I'm from the UK

I used to love playing football and multiple sports. I say used too... When I was 13 or 14, everything changed for me, but life went on as normal. Well from the outside it would have seemed normal, but for me, it was far from it.

Mental Health is something that is extremely stigmatised in the UK and across the world. This is my ongoing battle with mental health and what my experience of being in the UK mental health system is like. Everyone's experiences are different... but here's my story.

**TRIGGER WARNING**

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7. Me and My Support

Whilst being directed around the mental health services which didn't seem to be able to help me, I took to the internet for support. I found the mental health community on twitter and decided to make an account dedicated to reaching out for support and helping others who were going through similar things. Twitter has been by far the best support I have received and 4 people in particular who have been a massive help to me. Yes, I have my friends in real life to talk to but they don't always understand, but the friends I have on twitter understand me completely (well mostly). I have even been fortunate enough to meet one of these and she is definitely a close friend of mine. We clicked, no awkwardness, no nothing, we were able to talk exactly like we had been online but face to face. Meeting her was the first time I had felt content in an extremely long time. She is definitely the person who had kept me alive, I can't imagine my life without her in it.

Twitter allows me to be able to share what I'm thinking, without anyone directly around me knowing. People see it and people offer support, more than what some people do in real life. I can talk to them whenever. I find it easier than talking to people face to face, not being able to see the reaction kinda makes it easier for me to open up I guess. Also, tweeting something bad which is going through my head kinda stops me thinking about it for a while, making it less likely for me to carry out dangerous activities to myself and others. 

People always say that mental health accounts on social media are toxic for you and can make you worse, yes I can understand why, but I would rather have support from people going through the same things as me, than not any support at all. It has its pros and cons, but my experience of it definitely is a positive one.

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