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#999Stories of Mental Health

Live Free 999 encourages everyone to speak openly about mental health. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we have created this space to share the stories sent to us from our audience to inspire others to share their own journeys, creating a virtual story-telling chain of community and support.

Want to join the conversation? Share your story with us.

Notice: Some of the stories shared may contain topics that could be emotionally triggering to some members of our audience. Topics such as suicide, self-harm, substance abuse, and trauma are discussed.

Ethan’s Story

I am a 14-year-old male from Australia, and have suffered from depression since 4th grade. For the past 6 years I have had at least one family member die each year. This has really impacted my mental health, and even at some points I was on the brink of suicide. I started listening to Juice WRLD back in 2018 when he rose to fame and have been a devoted fan ever since. I was devastated at his death because he

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Derrick’s Story

I’ve been through the ringer more than one deserves, maybe I’m that one. As a kid I had so many incidents where I came close to not being here due to injuries through recklessness as a kid. Like climbing high areas only to slip and fall 15 feet on my head and end up in the ER. This happened on two different occurrences, one being when my brother scared me off some bleachers at the top and I fell. Another

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Devin’s Story

When I was 13 I started experiencing depressive episodes. I could tell that something was off but I was too scared to tell anyone. I started using drugs to distract myself, and numb myself. It felt good for a while but it started getting worse when I was sober. I finally found the courage to speak up after I heard Juice talk about how family members would look at you like you’re crazy. Anybody out there feeling lost and hopeless,

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Anonymous Submission

I type this as I struggle daily with bipolar disorder, I run through flurries of emotions in minutes somedays and others I will be an emotionless pit. I constantly catch myself falling into bad habits and situations again, but I still find a way to find peace here.

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Demetrious’ Story

Hey, my name is Demetrious and I’m currently battling depression and anxiety real bad. I try to keep myself busy so I won’t think about it but it’s so hard when everyone and everything is depressing. I strongly advise to talk to someone, because I have been on the verge of suicide for a while and I’m working on it. I haven’t had those thoughts in a long time. I listen to Juice Wrld to help me. Hearing someone you

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Hopkins’ Story

I am a Southside Chicago native, and a US Army Ranger Combat Veteran of 6 years. Both growing up in what I later came to realize was unfortunately very similar to a warzone, as well as being deployed to war zones around the world, I continued to rack up immense PTSD, depression, and crushing guilt with every life I took or saw taken for those years. I came home to a person who tortured me and psychologically abused me for

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