Adrijana, a graduate from the Rhondda Valleys, has struggled with her own mental health for a number of years. Her eating disorder began at the age of 16; primarily bulimia, including periods of starvation and overexercising. It wasn't until the age of 20, at her second year in university that she sought help to deal with this harmful, repetitive behaviour, that she was also diagnosed with severe depression. It wasn't until the age of 22 that she was finally able to control her once noxious relationship with food.
Throughout her battle with depression, she has had access to some talking treatments (counselling, CBT) when living in Oxford, which has had a positive impact on her ability to cope day-to-day. The very nature of mental health is variable and therefore Adrijana is aware that the amount of support required varies. Despite her ability to cope, and the support from family & friends, she is aware of the systematic lack of provision for those suffering with mental health illness. She still suffers with depression, but is more confident in self-managing. She remains hopeful for the future of mental health provision by encouraging people to speak up about their own experiences.
It often takes people a long time to admit to themselves that they have a problem, let alone speak up and seek help for it. There needs to be a system in place ready to accept these people.