Abbie Williams understands what it feels like to be in a dark place. It's a reality so many of us know firsthand too.
On one particularly tough mental health day, Abbie read a letter she had received. It gave her warmth. A sense of belonging. A feeling that she was loved. She wasn't alone.
With that special feeling front of mind, she decided to put a post in her local neighbourhood Facebook group.
Then something incredible happened.
For as long as she can remember, Abbie has considered herself an anxious person.
There are moments as far back as when she was around nine years old – feeling so worked up on a school trip that she was vomiting from the stress of being in an unfamiliar environment. Then there was navigating high school, which was a whole other kettle of fish. The worry was relentless.
"I often just put it down to being 'shy' or an 'overthinker'. I continued to try and push through, without much help or support. But that inevitably led to symptoms of depression. I would just beat myself up a lot, thinking 'Why can't I be different?'" she tells Mamamia.
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