My mental health issues started in the second year of uni. I had ideas, but was afraid to express them in case people would see there was “something wrong with me.” In the end, it took a breakdown, a couple of months away from work, CBT and anxiety management to reignite the creative spark that had burnt out four years earlier. Now I see that I needn’t have felt shame, and that I certainly wasn’t alone. 


I think more people would ask for support if there wasn’t such a stigma. I was able to volunteer with a charity who were very understanding of my situation, but not everyone has the same luck! I want to speak about my experience so people will know support is out there. If I can inspire one person to ask for help sooner than I did, then I have done good. I wasted so much time feeling too shy to approach people.


As Confucius once said, “Get a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” 

In five years I’d like to be working in the creative industry, doing what I love and travelling the world. I know it takes time to get to there, but I’m too passionate to ever give up.


To make it, I’ll need support from everyone around me, but in particular the people that I work with. They’ll be the ones to guide me in the right direction, and tell me when I’m wrong or need to improve. I will also need my family in the dull and happy moments, and the connections of people I have met in the industry. I believe being surrounded by a group of positive people is definitely important in general, and especially for growth.

There are certain barriers that are spoken of a lot in a working environment, such as race and class. However, I would like to believe that those things shouldn’t matter as much as an individual’s presence and skill.

Of course, there’s lots of competition from lots of people who all want the same thing as me – to be successful at something they love! But I believe that will always be the case if you’re working in a fun industry, and I’d rather work hard for something I want, than take it easy and achieve nothing.


And anyway, if you’re passionate about what you do, then effort comes naturally! As Confucius once said, “Get a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” This quote will always be at the back of my mind, as I believe that overall happiness goes hand in hand with professional success.