Tina’s Story

In my experience people don’t feel able to speak out, and being able to speak is half the battle. The worry affects your job, your friends and your family.

For years I didn’t tell anyone about my times with mental issues because I saw the reaction some people had towards mental health problems so I felt I couldn’t be honest.

Generally I have been lucky when I have spoken out, but that wasn’t always the case. I had a negative experience. I told a friend about my mental health problems and she told me that she thought I would be an unsafe person to be around. It was a very naive thing to say. It left me devastated.

It made me question if I should ever tell anyone else. It put me off telling people as I assumed her opinion was shared by everyone else. But that wasn’t the case.

When I was going through a bad time, if someone had asked me how I was and really listened it would have made a huge difference. Instead of me hiding my illness, telling no one and going to a psychologist alone, it all amplified the problem, I couldn’t be honest.

It is stressful enough when you are ill without being worried about people finding out.

It would have been brilliant if someone could have asked me how I was.

Recently I did a talk to 170 students at Queen Margaret University. They were all overwhelmed by my story and they said they didn’t expect me to be like I was, based on my mental health.

It changed their opinions and opened their eyes.

It makes me feel so happy that what I went through wasn’t in vain and I can now help other people to understand, to help people means everything to me.

So many people come and speak to me after I talk. It encourages others to speak out as well.

I know people who have gone and sought help after speaking to me.

It empowers people to not be scared.

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