Living Stories: Meet Stephanie

People say cancer takes over your body to kill you. I believe mental illness takes over your mind to kill you. And the only way to get better is to make a choice. But it’s very difficult to even want to choose that when your illness takes over every single thought. You just don’t have the capacity to do that. You don’t have the rationality to do that because it takes over your mind to the point where you can’t do anything.

I love my life and have been quite privileged. I have also struggled with different mental illnesses for almost a decade. I was diagnosed with bulimia at 18 and had my first suicide attempt just before my 23rd birthday. It was just after this that I received my diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and was able to seek treatment and support.,, SANE Helpline 1800 18 7263