In The News03 Feb 2014
Mental health stigma: convincing my mates I was still 'me' was almost impossible
I was in a fatal coach crash in Thailand in February 2013. Five people died and my friend lost his foot. I was physically uninjured, but I was left with a mental health illness – post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
At the time I was 22 years old and only knew about the condition from reading novels about the war. It hadn’t occurred to me that it was something young, ‘normal’ people could get; I had just associated it with soldiers.
But after the accident I quickly had to readjust my perceptions of mental illness. I realised just how many people are affected by PTSD and understood the condition comes from severe trauma and leads to symptoms such as flashbacks, depression and anxiety. I also learnt the consequences of talking about it aloud – especially to friends.
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