University of Hull Law Student, 19 year old Celine is just one of thousands of young people who suffer from depression and anxiety. Celine wants to encourage people to be more open about mental health and has recently posted her story on Facebook, utilising a series of ‘selfies’ demonstrating, through pictures, her mental health decline and has received much positive feedback.
Celine points out that it’s assumed we cannot see ‘mental health issues’, yet she feels her selfies clearly illustrate her descent into depression.
What’s interesting about Celine is that she vocalises what I’m sure many with mental health issues experience yet rarely discuss – the paranoia, the belief that everyone’s staring at you, laughing at you, talking about you, which, for the sufferer, is so debilitating that going out at all is something to be avoided. Things you once enjoyed you either don’t do at all, or you do under duress, such is the level of anxiety and fear.
With some incredibly frightening suicide rates amongst University Students, Celine’s story is definitely one the younger generations should read as I’m sure her story will be the story of many others of her age too. She says in the BBC News article, “When I started uni, that was another big stress. Sometimes I would look in the mirror and think, ‘I can’t do this anymore’.The link to the article on the BBC website is below:
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