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In honour of World Mental Health Day, here’s a little thought by Abigail…

What do you see in these pictures?

If I asked you, you’d probably say a happy carefree girl from the looks of it. And yeah, if i saw photos like these of someone else I’d probably say the same. But you never know how others are feeling on the inside. These photos were taken during the roughest period of my life. I was suffering with severe anxiety and depression and quite frankly I hated myself. I was crying for hours on end everyday and self harming often daily as well.I was considering taking my own life. It was truly my lowest point.

For mental health awareness week please take some time to check up on those you love. From social media, it looked like I was having the time of my life, at parties, in school and with my friends,when really, I wasn’t alive at all. And it is such a cliché but honestly, it does get better. You never know what’s going on with someone until you ask, so this week, please do #mentalhealthawareness #endthestigma

If you, or anyone you know is struggling, please ask for help at any of these amazing organisations…

SPUN OUT:  This is a one stop shop for all mental health issues. The articles are very matter of fact, helpful and all bases are covered.

TACKLE BULLYING: Lots of resources for kids, parents and teachers on dealing with bullying.

SAMARITANS: This helpline is open 24 hours a day and completely confidential. Call 116 123.

BODYWHYS: Online, phone and group support for eating disorders.

CHILDLINE: Helpline and online support, offering advice and support to young people under 18.

BELONGTO: Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in Ireland.

AWARE: Providing support and assistance to that section of society whose lives are affected by depression, bipolar disorder, postnatal depression or suicidal thoughts.

POSITIVE OPTIONS:  Advice and support for those experiencing crisis pregnancies.

TURN2ME: Support for anyone feeling anxious, sad or lonely.

YOURMENTALHEALTH: Lots of information about Mental Health in Ireland.