Photo by contributor Antalia Terblanche, a 21-year-old who lives in Bexleyheath, London, and suffers from depression. Antalia used to self-harm and struggle with bulimia. She sought treatment after her teachers noticed her grades slipping and her absence at school. She had been experiencing suicidal dreams leading to suicidal thoughts, and panic attacks at the thought of going to school. The counseling, in addition to support from her family, and the few friends that understood her illness, helped immensely. It has been a hard struggle for her. She sometimes has felt empty and numb, but her medication, family support, and positive mindset has helped melt the darkness away. Antalia is currently in a good place with her life. She is recovering from her bulimia and getting better. She is in her final year at university and wants to become a YA fiction author in the future.

About this photo: “Unity symbolises family to me. We are looking out into the distance, to the big wide world, but we are sticking by each other. Family is so important, especially when struggling with bad mental health, and the love and support my family have shown me was key in my healing process. The love I have for these two ladies grows stronger every day, and this photo reminds me of how much they mean to me. I do think when we are struggling with our worst days, we should surround ourselves with those who love us; we should remember the good in our life and the positives in it. This photo captures this love, for me. I wanted to share this love with all of you.

Find more from Antalia at her website.


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