Adam Coleman is 21 and living in Limerick. He has given us permission to use the article below.
He says “I have suffered from “Major Depressive Disorder” & “anxiety disorder’ for the last few years. I am slowly recovering. It is my aim to gain a platform to open up about my struggles in order to show young people its okay not to be okay. I think it is especially hard on young males, they have a perception to be strong and brave. I think this country needs a real change. Luckily I am still here today to talk about these issues”.
Here is his piece.
“We are getting to a place where people are able to open up a lot more. But not quiet there yet.
Young people are affected by this on a daily basis – as we can see in the staggering suicide rates in Ireland.
Yet we still do not have the resources to help people immediately in need.
I was lucky enough to have supportive people in my life,
Lucky enough to gain the skills and maturity to battle these illnesses,
Lucky enough to still be here today able to open up about my struggles
I am happy – I put on a front.
I socialize, I laugh, I smile, I live.
But this doesn’t mean I am indestructible.
I am vulnerable and still battle EVERY DAY.
This is what people need to realize,
We do not know what is going on in people’s lives
What’s happening in their mind
For me – it was as simple as a chemical imbalance in the mind
That’s all it took to change my life forever
I wish when I was that young, hurting, fearing for my life that somebody noticed
I wish someone knew the change I was going through
I wanted a hand to hold.
Luckily I realized I needed help and opened up
But that’s not the case for everyone
Some people cannot handle the fear, the pain, the isolation, the demons
And then it becomes too late to help.
I want to live in a nation where we stop judging
We stop criticizing and tearing each other apart with every little mistake.
I promised myself I will fight in every way to help make this possible.
I have gained the strength to be able to open up.
Now I want to pass my strength to the people who need that hand to hold in their dark times.
In every dark time there is a bright light,
Never Give up,
Never Loose Hope”.
Adam Coleman, 21, Limerick