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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.

Boris’ Story

Hi, my name is Boris. I suffered from an anxiety disorder for many months. I was consumed by depression and anxiety, the fear that all my loved ones would die. I had an unnatural fear of death… The negative thoughts that caused me panic attacks were getting worse and worse. I tried to find a way to be alone. Loneliness is a killer that will kill you if you are alone. Believe me, during this period you don’t trust anyone,

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Mayowa’s Story

Hi, so I’ve been basically battling anxiety since I was about 4 or 5 years old. I witnessed a boy half my age or older die and drown right in front of me, and I’ve been traumatized from the past ever since. I blame myself for his death because I couldn’t be of help to him while he was drowning …I was in shock, I stood still, and I was petrified.  Ever since then I don’t really have friends, I’ve

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Jasmine’s Story

I’m Jasmine and I struggled with anxiety since as far back I can remember. I was always in my head. My thoughts were my worst enemy. I still do. I also struggled with substance abuse for 13 years. It took over me and I didn’t recognize who I was anymore. My family and I all dealt with trauma and alcoholism and substance abuse. So, it was definitely a way to cope with my anxiety. Or just to feel anything.  I think

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Jordan’s Story

Hi, my name is Jordan and I live in the UK. I didn’t always feel this way but since I first felt love at the age of 14 with one of my closest friends at the time, spending 5 years together completely changed the person I was prior, who was bubbly and so happy just to be alive. It changed me because of the things that happened and being cheated on a number of times. She then went on to

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Anonymous Submission

I’ve started struggling with anxiety and depression at the very young age of 10. I felt like dying every time I went to sleep, and I was feeling at my lowest ever. I started growing up and life was getting better, and I started to think that what I was feeling was just a phase. Then the same issues hit again, but this time, harder. This is when i started doing stuff like cutting myself and started having suicidal thoughts.

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Nate’s Story

Hi, my name’s Nate, I’m 21, and I have been struggling with anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember. Recently I found out I have autism, so I feel very alone most of the time. I struggle with just keeping a job due to the stress and the effort it takes. I have had problems with alcohol for a while now and I have been listening to Juice WRLD since probably 2018 and there is no other

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