“I didn’t fail”: Nicola’s mental health story

But I didn’t fail. I have an illness and I deserve treatment for it.

Nicola McCauley-Bonnes

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Here mental health blogger Nicola McCauley-Bonnes, 24, from Northern Ireland shares her story.

I first realised I had mental health issues when I was basically housebound with anxiety during my A Levels. It spiralled from there.

I have had struggles with self harming and suicidal thoughts for years and have been on medication basically my whole adult life.

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I worked really hard with going off my medication for just under a year but stalled at going back to my doctor because I didn’t want to admit that I’d failed.

But I didn’t fail. I have an illness and I deserve treatment for it.
I have a blog and Instagram account that I share my story on and try to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

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I’ve received counselling and been on antidepressants for years.

I found one set of counselling not really useful. But I think that was because of the fact I wasn’t in the right headspace for it. As soon as I was I found counselling really helpful for me.

I know its rubbish that we have to fight to get the treatment that you need but do it. Don’t back down. Give them hell. You aren’t a nuisance for wanting the treatment you need.

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