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Getting Support With Mental Health
Earlier I was in a conversation on WhatsApp with some of the girls from the SEN Unit at my school. It was a conversation between me and 2 other girls (I will call them A and B.)
This is how the conversation went:
A: How is everyone today?
Me: Tired. Didn't get out of bed until nearly 2pm. Only got out of bed because I needed a shower.
A: OK but as your friend are u OK 👍for yes and 👎for no
Me: Honestly struggling with school. And tired.
Me: Just finding things hard
B: So are you 👎or are you 👍 in a nice way are you OK?
Me: Honestly 👎
A: OK thanks for telling me that you are the best 😘👌☺️🤗
Me: It's just like I am struggling with my mental health. No idea who to talk to.
B: You can talk to me.
Me: You wouldn't understand. Some of the girls at school are quite mean.
Me: Does it matter?
B: I want to know.
Me: Maybe you should come into school one day.
B: I can't sorry.
Me: Got punched by another year 9 on Thursday. Almost been pushed down the stairs by the same year 9. Been dragged around and pushed a lot by two of the year 9's. Yelled at. Called names. Left out of stuff. Haven't been injured though.
Me: Struggling mentally.
B: I feel bad now.
Me: Don't worry about me.
B: I am.
A: I'm so sorry those girls are so mean I'm so sorry 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
Me: I feel like I am losing my mind with homework though
Me: I feel like young people need to be made more aware about struggles with mental health.
It took a lot of courage for me to open up about my mental health struggles even to my friends. I feel like I want to get professional support but I don't know how to start a conversation or who to contact. I also worry about confidentiality due to only being 14.
I keep on really struggling with my anxiety and always feeling depressed and traumatised. I think that it is the bullying and a past bereavement that have triggered these emotions.
Thank you everyone for reading. Going to actually try and get some sleep tonight.
I'm sick of covering up. I'm tired of feeling so broken. I'm tired of falling in love. Sometimes I'm shy and I'm anxious. Sometimes I'm down on my knees. So I won't wear makeup on Thursday. Cause who I am is enough. And there are many things that I could change so slightly. But why would I succumb to something so unlike me? I was always taught to just be myself. Don't change for anyone.