You Are Not Alone

#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.

Also consider sharing your story on social media with the hashtag #999Stories

Anonymous Submission

I’ve dealt with social anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember. Thinking that I am the only one who could help myself led me to drink my problems away, and smoke every day. My memory suffered.  My friendships and relationships within my family were toxic and abusive. Being around people and hanging out with friends just made me feel more alone, more of a freak, a loner. I’ve pushed everyone who has ever tried to be there

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Benedikt’s Story

Hi, my name is Benedikt, I grew up in a wealthy family in Germany with a great childhood as far as I can remember, but out of nowhere my parents divorced. The pain inside me was covered by the smile I put on because no one ever asked about how I felt. I actually never cried about it, and that’s how I became emotionally numb. A couple years later my dad kicked me and my sister out within 2 weeks

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Anonymous Submission

I’m currently 15. My battle with depression started when I was 1, but even before then I had always had suicidal thoughts. When I was 12, I started abusing over the counter cough medicines to robotrip. Then I started experimenting with more drugs and different things. Eventually I had done almost every drug out there before I was even 14. When I turned 14, I started cutting myself. I still cut myself occasionally till this day but not as much

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Anthony’s Story

After reading a few of these shared stories, I had the urge to share my own. The purpose of these stories is to show that we are not alone…something I’m still trying to convince myself. I’ve struggled with mental health at a young age. But then I never really gave it much thought because at that time, people were not really sharing their stories. When I tried to enter various help groups, the stories shared were meaningful but I couldn’t

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Phoenix’s Story

I would like to take this opportunity to share my personal journey with mental health. I am 26 years old and for more than half of my life I was exposed to various mental health diagnoses as I grew up- just about everyone in my family has had mental health issues. Myself included, sisters, mother, & grandmother. Significant instances for me while I was young were times when I had realized both my older sister and mom had thoughts and

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Anonymous Submission

I’m 19 years old, struggling with anxiety and depression, and I’m about to become a dad. Life has not always been easy for me, but that feeling of it not being easy never hit until I started dating when I was 15. Every messed up relationship I would blame myself and I put myself in a position to always be scared of having a commitment to someone. I always felt like I was losing everyone, I had good relationships with

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