Girl, Interrupted

©JODIE GOODACRE

 

What did it mean to have someone #inyourcorner?

"Words will never do justice to the level of gratitude I feel for those that have supported and continue to support me through a difficult period. I have been really struggling recently, and without a doubt, life would be a lot more difficult without the unconditional love and support that I have been shown."

JODIE GOODACRE | 22 | UK

"Having someone in your corner means not feeling alone and not having to handle it all by yourself. It means even on the tough days, feeling worthy."

MELISSA | 24 | UK

"It meant that I wasn’t suffering in silence nor alone anymore. That someone was there to help, support and surpass struggles. Which I always return to all."

LULU | 42 | FRANCE

 

"To have my auntie in my corner, means the world. To know that she is there for me, whatever I am going through or however I am feeling, it is like having a safety net when things are difficult. "

NICOLE WILLIAMS | 24 | UK

"It meant I could spill out my heart to them whenever I needed."

TED | 21 | TAIWAN

"I felt understood and we were fighting the bad thoughts together."

HEIDI WILSON | 18 | UK

 

"It meant everything. For someone to finally notice that I wasn’t myself and to actually ask if I was ok, made me feel for the first time in my life, like I wasn’t alone. Sometimes having someone there to turn to when you don’t want to be around, rather than being consumed by your own thoughts, makes all the difference."

CHLOE BELLERBY | 17 | UK

"It felt really comforting."

HEIDI WILLIAMS | 17 | UK

"Having somebody in my corner who I knew would be there for me if I needed them really took the pressure off. I didn’t have to feel ashamed or conceal my conditions. It allowed me to embrace myself and begin managing my mental health in a much healthier way."

ROB | 25 | UK

 

"It helps carry the struggle you go through. The people #inyourcorner who care about you, will not hesitate to share in the experience you go through."

MATTHIAS | 21 | BELGIUM

"It really meant a lot, I had gotten to a significant down, and I was occasionally self-harming. Talking to someone who fully understands my problems definitely helped me bounce up from a depression spiral and greatly reduced my urge to self-harm."

D | 20 | BULGARIA

"To have someone #inyourcorner can literally mean the difference between life and death because they're support and kindness can be enough to help me realise that I want to keep trying and fighting and that even though it won't be easy, I won't be alone."

KATHY M | 41 | CANADA

 

"Support from close friends is important, and gaining good knowledge about mental is important if supporting a friend. Always good to have someone in your corner as a man."

ASHLEY CURRY | 49 | UK

"It meant so much to have a friend who was willing to be there when I needed them. Whatever you need whether it’s a distraction, or calming you down, or meeting you for a drink after a bad day, it’s very comforting to have certain people who I know I can turn to. They ‘get it’ and I don’t feel like I’m dealing with everything by myself."

LAURA BARTLEY | 28 | UK

"I was very scared when I was experiencing a psychotic episode but having my brothers #inyourcorner was just incredible and I will never forget their support."

JON SALMON | 40 | UK

 

"To have someone in my corner means to have someone is always facing what I am going through and to know i'm not alone. This means that no matter what, I am supported and loved."

CHELSEA GIRARD | 19 | CANADA

"It meant, and still means, an awful lot. Depression is a terribly lonely and isolating experience, and knowing that people care is very important."

MATTHEW WILLIAMS | 43 | UK

"It meant the world to me, because I tend to think that was alone in my struggles. Having someone in my corner made me feel appreciated, accepted and not alone."

MARC LAMBERTS | 25 | NETHERLANDS

 

"It means everything to have someone in my corner, that person I can always reach out to or simply someone to make me laugh, calm me down and hang out with. I personally used to feel so isolated with my depression, I thought I was the only one and since finding the mental health community i finally feel like I can now just be me without fear of rejection and fear of being laughed at and misunderstood."

JACOB PEOPLE | 20 | UK

"It gave me a reason to carry on living. It made me realise that people do care about me and they want me to be happy and healthy. I am loved."

NICOLE WOODWARD | 19 | UK

"Everything - I wouldn’t have felt able to face these last few months alone. It makes all the difference to know that, even when everything else in my life feels uncertain, I will always have that support to fall back on."

LISA | 20 | UK

 

"Having someone in my corner meant having someone who would check in on me and get me out the house, who took me to therapy sessions and appointments when I was struggling, and asked me things in order to listen and not just respond."

ELENA WOLFSON | 27 | UK

"People have left my life before because of my mental health, because it has driven people away and it has broken my heart in so many ways. Having so many wonderful friends in my corner, or even just one or two has built me up and saved my life, it means more than I can say and I means I can now recover properly."

 ADAM HUGHES | 24 | UK

"Just knowing that I don't have to go through it alone, that whilst they can't take the illness or struggle away, they can listen and often saying a problem out loud to someone makes it seem far less overwhelming."

ZOE HAZEL | 27 | UK

 

"Bad mental health can seem like the heaviest burden to carry, so having someone willing to share the burden can make a massive difference in recovery for me. It can also feel like you’re completely alone when you’re struggling, so being reminded you don’t have to get through it with no support is great."

CHARLOTTE BATES | 23 | UK

"Having someone in my corner is a very comforting experience as it shows that people care and that I am able to talk about my mental health struggles without feeling like I should hide them away. My friends didn’t need to understand everything about my anxiety or depression, just by being there, asking how I was and going out with me for a drink I felt like I had less shame and loneliness."

PETER SHAW | 25 | UK

"To have someone #inyourcorner, for me, has made such a massive impact. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support that others have shown for me."

ABBIE HAMBLETON | 22 | UK

 

"Having a friend in my corner really helped because it reminded me that I’m not alone and I have friends who care about me and want to support me."

MARY | 21 | UK

"Having my partner in my corner, listening to me, facing the difficult times with me, advocating for me and just being there meant that I had a connection to the world, a spark, a smile, a closeness to who I could be and where I wanted to get back to. It’s invaluable. To be believed and to be loved and to be listened to is a life saver. Literally."

KATIE | 27 | UK

"It can quite literally be the difference between life and death. Mental illness can make you feel completely worthless, and having someone there to remind you that you’re not means everything."

CARA | 27 | UK

 

"Knowing someone’s in your corner is half the battle. It sounds cliche but a problem halved really is a problem shared. When I talk to people I trust and are in my corner, talking really does feel like releasing a air from a balloon that’s about to burst."

CARL | 26 | UK

"It instantly makes me feel like I’m not on my own. It means that even though sometimes i feel like I’m battling this all on my own, I have someone supporting me 100% of the way. Depression can be a lonely place sometimes, so having that 1 person you know is with you, regardless of what the depression is telling you, is such a comforting feeling."

STEPHANIE | 24 | UK

"I have trust issues, so being in my corner isn't easy. However it means everything that someone is willing to be there for me in that moment."

MIKE | 31 | UK

 

"Having them there honestly meant the world to me, it felt as if they were sharing their strength with me to carry on and move forward. I would have been lost without them."

LEANNE | 22 | UK

"It made me feel like I wasn't alone, that someone was fighting for me and that it was going to be okay. I am so grateful to the friends who fight for me when I don't have the strength to fight for myself."

GRACE ANDERSON | 24 | UK

"It's everything to me. It stops me feeling so alone and it weakens the terror. And above all, having somebody who doesn't patronise you but keeps you connected to reality is an absolute blessing."

LUCY NICHOL | 39 | UK