Video Stories

Przemek Story

Przemek talks about dealing with his daughter struggling with self-harm, and how he’s coped as a parent and helped her through a difficult time. Helping her get the therapy and the help she needs. Learning in the process to open up and become more open-minded about mental health. ‘I’m really appreciate for the job for… Continue reading Przemek Story

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Gitta’s Story- Open Water Swimming

Gita talks about how she discovered Open Water Swimming coming out of lockdown. It was a time when everybody spent a lot of time on their own and at home and not mixing with other people and she started by joining a group of new open Water swimmers. ‘I’ll just throw myself into it and… Continue reading Gitta’s Story- Open Water Swimming

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Reza’s Story

Reza, from Iran, talks about a part of his life that got destroyed when his Uncle shot him in the leg. In the form of a short film. ‘This is not my whole life, it was a part of me that was destroyed and re-built. All my efforts were to show that all people live… Continue reading Reza’s Story

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DJ’s Story -Childhood in Care

David Jackson talks about how he navigated 16 years in care, having to grow up quickly as a child and dealing with a very turbulent and abusive care environment. ‘My name’s Dave Jackson, my story be began in 1965, and at that time, few various issues going on at home. I ended up in care… Continue reading DJ’s Story -Childhood in Care

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A Food Worries Story

An anonymous account of food, eating worries, and dieting. A young woman finds help from male friends, who offer her insight that eating is more important than dieting. Over time she notices the difficulties she had and how it was having harmful affects on her body and fertility. Digital Library of Lived Experience Animation by:… Continue reading A Food Worries Story

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Jay’s Story

Barrow born and bred. Jay talks about dealing with people in his life comitting suicide and having drug overdoses. Talks about how he’s dealt with the loss of key people in his life at a young age. things that did help were not overthinking, exercising regularly, thinking postively, being sectioned and excessive amount of medication… Continue reading Jay’s Story

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An OCD Story

An anonymous story talking about the struggle of dealing with OCD and social anxiety growing up and currently still dealing with the aftermath of compulsive behaviours, talking about how therapy has helped. ‘I think the worst thing about anxiety is that your feelings about yourself is completely dependent on the last interaction you had with… Continue reading An OCD Story

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Manny’s Story

Emmanuel talks about moving from London to Barrow at the age of 16 and the impact it had on him. Though his Christianity, faith and involvement in the community helped his sense of self within his communit and found himself settling in quite well. Talking about discrimination hes experienced. I’m Manny. I grew up in… Continue reading Manny’s Story

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Jackie’s Story

Jackie talks about how cancer has affected her mental health. Jackie has grown and evolved by facing her demons fighting through breast cancer and experiencing the effects of the treatment on her thyroid and mental health. ‘My mental health deteriorated. Going back to several months ago due to the fact that I was diagnosed with… Continue reading Jackie’s Story

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Tamara’s Self-harm Story

Tamara talks about her moods, self-harm, recovery and healing and how she has grown into healthier coping mechanisms. ‘I usually know when I’m feeling really good mentally because it looks like me being very productive me getting lots of housework done and making a conscious effort to go out on socialise with my friends and… Continue reading Tamara’s Self-harm Story

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Depression in the Army

An anonymous story from a young man who spent time in the army and how it caused him depression and anxiety, struggled with relationships from abuse in his past. Talking about how therapy has helped. ‘At first, it was just a feeling of unease. I found it hard because I ended up in a role… Continue reading Depression in the Army

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