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ReachOut Stories are written by young people for young people. If you want to share your own story, we encourage you to do so in the ReachOut Forums.

Holding onto life during tough times

This is Evelyn's story of seeking help and finding relief through therapy and writing.

Making it through my darkest times

This is Holly's story of recovering from sexual abuse and learning to love and take care of herself with the support of family and good friends.

Advice from a depression survivor

On the path to recovering from self-harm, relapses can happen. This is Jalen's story of coping with a setback by seeking help.

Broken but still beautiful

Bryan's story of triumphing over huge challenges in his life, including abuse and attempted suicide, by drawing on inner strength and realizing he truly wanted to be happy

Feeling unwanted

This is a young woman's story of how she learned to face her depression and take the first step towards change.

Getting through the pain of a difficult breakup

Here’s a young woman’s story about seeking help for her depression.

Helping others through depression

A young woman talks about supporting her boyfriend who has depression.

Ask the Expert: Overcoming Depression & Thoughts of Self Harm

Check out the answers to questions asked about coping strategies, how to help friends when they are depressed, and how to deal with negative thoughts.

Finding the one

Read Jerry's story of how he found love despite his anxiety and depression.

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