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“One day I went to work and my brain went blank. I sat down and for a while could not speak or recognize myself. I am overwhelmed by this constant feeling of sadness. I cannot go back to school or work because I am still sick. This saddens me more, because I cannot take care of myself physically and economically.” In 2018 S was diagnosed with depression. S’s family was concerned, but also did not understand his condition “A few of my friends are supportive. Some no longer call me. My social contacts have reduced as I talk less nowadays, and I feel that fewer people understand me. I trust God that my treatments will help me get better so that I can live the productive life I once led.” To read S’s full story, visit our website, link in our profile. // 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health issues keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard and valued, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthrecovery // S first shared their experience with @onthemovenews, Tinada Youth Organization & @Mental360Kenya. They are working to raise awareness and create support systems for those living with mental health conditions in Kenya as well as advocating for their rights. Like us, they believe sharing stories breaks down the barriers that makes seeking help hard.

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“I was an office assistant, but since I got sick, I lost my job,” says D, who was recently diagnosed with drug-induced psychosis. “I want to go home and resume my normal life.” D’s symptoms started after taking drugs. He felt itchy all over his body and told his guardian to take him to the hospital. Even though his family is supportive of his condition and visited him in hospital, his life is still different now. “Support people with mental illness,” he urges. “It can be anyone.” To read D’s full story, visit our website, link in our profile. // 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health issues keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard and valued, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthrecovery // D first shared their experience with @onthemovenews, Tinada Youth Organization & @Mental360Kenya. They are working to raise awareness and create support systems for those living with mental health conditions in Kenya as well as advocating for their rights. Like us, they believe sharing stories breaks down the barriers that makes seeking help hard.

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“I used to drink a lot,” recalls W, who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. “Then one day I went mad and removed my clothes. My friends carried me and took me to hospital. My friends understood my problem and helped me get admitted, but my wife felt threatened by me and ran away with our children. She fears me.” But this was not the only battle W fought: “Since I fell sick, I also felt useless as I was unable to work and provide for my children. I am a plumber. I have lost two jobs because of stigma for mental illness. At one refinery, when I disclosed my condition before hiring, I was denied the job.” At another job, he was fired without benefits because he had a schizophrenic attack while at work: “I feel lonely and discouraged.” “Do not run away from us when we are sick,” he says. “It is when we need you most.” To read W’s full story, visit our website, link in our profile. // 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health issues keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard and valued, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthrecovery // W first shared their experience with @onthemovenews, Tinada Youth Organization & @Mental360Kenya. They are working to raise awareness and create support systems for those living with mental health conditions in Kenya as well as advocating for their rights. Like us, they believe sharing stories breaks down the barriers that makes seeking help hard.

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“I got to a point where I did not want to see anyone in front of me,” recalls B, who was diagnosed with substance use disorder and schizoaffective disorder. “I was very violent.” B’s mother brought him to the hospital and visited him when she could, and he credits her love with helping him. “I am now a changed man. I hope that I can live a healthy life from here now on. The doctor told me that my situation is brought about by my alcohol use, [so] I stopped… Prevention is better than cure.” To read B’s full story, visit our website, link in our profile. // 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health issues keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard and valued, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthrecovery // B first shared their experience with @onthemovenews, Tinada Youth Organization & @Mental360Kenya. They are working to raise awareness and create support systems for those living with mental health conditions in Kenya as well as advocating for their rights. Like us, they believe sharing stories breaks down the barriers that makes seeking help hard.

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“I have only one wish, to go to school. I want to go to school and be a normal kid,” says K, who has been diagnosed with epilepsy and later schizophrenia. His mother says, “I took him to hospital and shared with health personnel. They said that nothing was wrong with him. I felt discouraged and misunderstood, because I knew that something was wrong with my son.” K’s family was upset when they found out that he was sick; they didn’t understand how or why. His mom recounts: “My son could not even relate well with other children due to his speech impairment. This was hard on me as a parent.” To read K’s full story, visit our website, link in our profile. // 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health issues keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard and valued, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthrecovery // K first shared their experience with @onthemovenews, Tinada Youth Organization & @Mental360Kenya. They are working to raise awareness and create support systems for those living with mental health conditions in Kenya as well as advocating for their rights. Like us, they believe sharing stories breaks down the barriers that makes seeking help hard.

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“I used to take alcohol, then one time I began to see things, then I became violent and disruptive. I lost my job as a mechanic.” V. was diagnosed with substance use disorder, leading to psychosis. His father says V had become unsettled, violent, and could not sleep. “I hope to resume work now that I am better. I have also stopped drinking. I do not want to repeat my mistakes and end up in the mental health ward again.” To read V’s full story, visit our website, link in our profile. // 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health issues keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard and valued, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthrecovery // V first shared their experience with @onthemovenews, Tinada Youth Organization & @Mental360Kenya. They are working to raise awareness and create support systems for those living with mental health conditions in Kenya as well as advocating for their rights. Like us, they believe sharing stories breaks down the barriers that makes seeking help hard.

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“My family understands me, but other people do not. They run away from me calling me ‘mad woman’.” Z., a former salonist, was diagnosed with psychosis in 2011, after she lost her pair of twins days apart. “I suffered from adjustment disorder, then became violent. They said I was destroying things at the hospital and beating up people. My violent episodes recurred later, with my 2nd pregnancy,” says Z. Z’s mother is concerned for her daughter, because she has attempted suicide 3 times, sometimes out of despair. Z concludes: “Ever since I left hospital I am no longer violent. I take my drugs and I feel better. I am trying to get my life on track.” To read Z’s full story, visit our website, link in our profile. // 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health issues keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard and valued, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthrecovery // Z first shared their experience with @onthemovenews, Tinada Youth Organization & @Mental360Kenya. They are working to raise awareness and create support systems for those living with mental health conditions in Kenya as well as advocating for their rights. Like us, they believe sharing stories breaks down the barriers that makes seeking help hard.

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“I became violent all of a sudden in 1980,” recalls T. “I fluctuated between intervals of happiness and aggression. I was prayed for but it did not work.” T. did not receive immediate medical attention; it was not until 2008 that she was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a mood disorder. T’s niece said: “My aunt’s disease is a weight to the family. She wanders off during her episodes and is unable to take care of herself or do anything.” T is saddened that she cannot take care of herself, her home or her children while she is sick: “My children have had to stay and grow up with relatives.” She adds: “Some people do not understand that some of the things I do are out of illness. They beat me… I’m only human. I wish people could see this.” To read T’s full story, visit our website, link in our profile. // 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health issues keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard and valued, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthrecovery // T first shared their experience with @onthemovenews, Tinada Youth Organization & @Mental360Kenya. They are working to raise awareness and create support systems for those living with mental health conditions in Kenya as well as advocating for their rights. Like us, they believe sharing stories breaks down the barriers that makes seeking help hard.

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“I’m a BSc. Graduate, working as a security guard, can’t help it my mind isn’t fit enough for anything else.” Anoop’s family brought him to the hospital for diagnosis after he had his first symptoms. “I would boast and yell unreasonably, I would be suspicious and would be fearful.” When in the 2nd year of his B.Sc., Anoop was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. His symptoms are currently remitted, but he has long struggled with the side effects of his medications. “On medications, although I would be relieved of my symptoms, I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on things well, and I would end up forgetting a lot...I was overwhelmed with the side effects of the medicines, and I so wanted them to end, I resorted to homeopathy and ayurveda, along with yoga and chanting Mantras. They clearly helped me eliminate most of the side effects, except I still feel drowsy, and working as a security guard, you just cannot dose off now and then.” // 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health issues keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard and valued, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters #schizophrenia // Anoop’s full story can be read on One Day In My World’s Facebook page. Anoop shared his story with The MINDS Foundation, a non-governmental organization that fights to eliminate stigma and provide educational, medical, and moral support for patients with mental health issues in rural India. Mental health affects 200 million people in India and @mindsfoundation aims to show that it is possible to live a functional, fruitful life with a mental health condition. #mh4all Interview by Yalnaaz Lakdawala

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“What is a state of bad mental health? Perhaps, constantly feeling the negative. If you consider having intuitive feelings mental health, than most would say it is something that I ‘struggle’ with everyday.” For Alexandra, she uses the negative feelings in her life to push her towards growth. “I do not see this as a struggle, it is more so a challenge of spiritual growth. A daily appreciation of getting to live life, evolve and change.” To read Alexandra’s full story, visit our website at the link in our profile. // 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health issues keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. // #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with #mentalhealth issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigma

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“I’ve been living with bipolar 2 for 30 years. Went through a list of Dr.s, meds , in and out of hospitals, tried to commit suicide 6 times , therapy, burnt so many bridges with my relationships because of my bipolar.” L Rusk has struggled with her mental health for years, but she kept seeking help. “I also received ECT treatments for 4 years. I’m alive because of it but struggle with memory loss and confusion. That’s where I am today. A little lost but alive. I have a family of my own now with a lot of love and support.” To read L Rusk’s full story, visit our website, link in our profile. // 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health issues keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. // #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with #mentalhealth issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigma

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“People look down upon those who speak about it or experience it, in a way that is different from their outlook towards anything to do with physical health.” Kalyani is from India and lives with depression. India has one of the highest rates of depression and Kalyani sees the stigma around mental health preventing people from getting help. “What they don’t understand is that it’s a feeling of emptiness, a feeling of nothing, where you want to be ‘home’ even when you are. Because that home is the old you who doesn’t sleep all day and night and binge eat at odd hours and cries all the time.” Through opening up about her depression and building a support network Kalyani lives with her depression. “There will be days where you will fall sick, lose some friends, get rejected for job applications but what it all comes down to is giving yourself time because you will be okay.” To read Kalyani’s full story, visit our website, link in our profile. #NotAshamed // 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health issues keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. // #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with #mentalhealth issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigma

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