28-year-old Danny, from Manchester, explains how Samaritans helped him – and could help you – overcome issues around mental ill health.
Danny has been affected by mental health issues for a few years now.
During his lowest points, he turned to self-harm and considered taking steps to end his life.
Danny found it difficult to get the NHS support he needed, but emailing Samaritans helped him process his thoughts and emotions.
“I started dealing with mental health troubles when they rose to the surface in 2017. It came on without any warning really.
“There were signs that things were building up, but once things started to get on top of me, they intensified and intensified. It got to the point where I couldn’t work properly, I was spending my days in bed with zero motivation, I lost interest in everything I enjoyed and struggled to get through the days.
“I did eventually get some counselling through work during an intense bout, and things slightly improved, but not greatly.
“During one late night, I was trying to figure it all out myself, and that’s when I came across Samaritans. I saw their services were available 24/7, either over the phone or by email.
“I found it much easier to email and type out exactly what I was feeling and then send it to someone who didn’t know me, who wouldn’t judge me. This was my first interaction with Samaritans.
“It was extremely helpful, allowing me to not only offload my thoughts, but also receive an understanding response each time.
Day by day
“I am still taking antidepressants, but I have support from my girlfriend and family. There are days where I still struggle with motivation.
It’s difficult because you think, I got through today fine, but then a few days later you fall back into it again. I take every day as it comes and try to keep busy.
“I would certainly encourage anyone to reach out to Samaritans. When I did, I felt some comfort in being able just to write everything out – all my feelings and emotions.
“For anyone struggling, that first step – letting someone know how you’re feeling – is the biggest.
“And if I can offer any advice, it’s to take a deep breath, take it one day at a time, and reach out to as many people as you can.
“Tomorrow is a new day.”
Samaritans volunteers are always there to listen. They won’t judge or tell you what to do. Call for free on 116 123, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit samaritans.org