I’ve had my run with poor mental health. After one of my friends tried to end his life I realised how under-trained schools were with spotting and dealing with mental health. After being diagnosed with dyslexia, my self-esteem plummeted as I felt I was unable to do the things most people can do without thinking about it.
I struggled with self-harm from about Year 9.
Over the years I have learnt how to deal with my mental health. With help from friends and family we worked out that I suffer with executive function difficulties – that means my brain works in a different way to most people’s. I had some sessions with an executive function coach, which helped me understand how my brain works, and stopped me from feeling different to others.
It also helped me to communicate how I was feeling. After learning how to talk to people, and coming up with healthier alternatives to things I was doing, I’m a lot better now.