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#999Stories of Mental Health

Live Free 999 encourages everyone to speak openly about mental health. We have created a 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.

Mando’s Story

This October marked the third year of my divorce. Wife of five years confessed she had been unfaithful and it really sent broke me. This was my “high school sweetheart”, I girl I met since middle school and truly saw myself spending the rest of my life with. Any ways, I fell into a deep depression and I wouldn’t leave

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McCalia’s Story

Hi my name is McCalia, I’m 19 and I’m a recovering addict from pills, on March 31 2023 I overdosed on Xanax in my friends living room and I’m only alive because of her finding me and I’m only sober now because of her support and love no matter what. I just want to say if your going through substance

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James’ Story

My name is James, and I’m a recovering heroin/substance addict. I say heroin because that’s my drug of choice. I started using drugs at the age of 13.  The household I was born into was to both alcoholic/addicted to drugs. That was the environment I was in until other family members assisted in adopting my sister and I.  My drug

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Ryan’s Story

My name is Ryan, and for over 25 years, I lived in a haze, jumping from one high to another. From coke to benzos to meth, I thought I had it all under control. But that was far from the truth.  I was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. My life was simple until my late teens, when I was

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Kingsley’s Story

Hi I’m Kingsley, I’m 27 recovering from substance, pills addiction. I started doing drugs when I was in 3rd year in my country educational system. It was hard for me to differentiate between reality and fiction, I’d sleep and wake up with a different reality everyday thinking perhaps I’m better off dead than alive. So many hate and hurtful traumatic

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Taylor’s Story

My name is Taylor. I work as a waitress at a club, and I went in on my birthday to work. I was supposed to have friends waiting on the go ahead to come and help celebrate with me; instead, I had one of the most overwhelming anxiety attacks I’ve had in a while. I called my best friend, and

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Nik’s Story

I grew up as a kid with ADHD, and also for the longest time hid part of myself. I am LGBTQ. I was never really able to cope with my neurodivergence properly until I got much older, I am 23 years old now. If anything from this I want you all to take from this that you can make it

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Anonymous Submission

I’ve struggled with so much. I’ve got bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, adhd, ocd this list just keeps growing too. I was searching for some kind of relief or a breath of fresh air so I found Vyvanse and that lead me to oxycodone and then I continued to just try and end my life slowly with the oxy’s and that

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Kenya’s Story

Hello beautiful lost souls. I struggle with bi-polar, depression, and anxiety. Since I was very little, I noticed I was a depressed child. I suffered a lot of emotional, verbal, physical and mental abuse. I started drinking and popping pills at the age of 10. I fell into heavy hard-core addiction at the age of 22. My addiction made my

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