Joe's story

I was nervous - I didn’t want to be judged.

"The biggest challenge was admitting to myself that I needed help. Being a man, I didn’t know I was allowed to have these emotions and I didn’t know how to deal with them. I was nervous - I didn’t want to be judged.

"PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) from my time in the army, an abusive relationship,  health problems, debt . . . all these things built up. Feeling worthless and a failure, I was ready to end it all. It was only when I was about to take my own life that a police officer said something simple like “it can get better”. It broke my trance and it was only then that I first believed it could get better.

"I started to talk to someone and get help. Talking was the stone that laid the foundation of my recovery and although I still have memories I know how to deal with them.

"Don’t be scared to reach out; you aren’t going to be judged and hopefully, like me, you’ll feel a million times better.

"I always say to people now, “We can’t change yesterday but we can all change what happens tomorrow – it’s your call”. Talking is that first step of doing something about it."

Quotes are genuine, but names have been changed to protect confidentiality.

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