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17 June 2019

Amanda’s Story #IAMWHOLE

I wanted to be strong for my family and I supported my mum as much as possible. I didn’t want to lose the family I had left, so I put a brave face on and acted as if I was okay – I really wasn’t.

17 June 2019

Kristopher’s Story

I became homeless after splitting up with my girlfriend because my mental health was deteriorating. Having been in care, I had no idea what to do next. Thankfully, my social worker helped me get a place in YMCA Glenrothes’ supported accommodation.

17 June 2019

Ayesha’s Story

I was born in Hyderabad in South India. I completed an M.Sc in Nutrition and Dietetics in India where I worked as a Lecturer. After I got married, my husband and I traveled a lot. We finally settled in Edinburgh 9 years ago.

17 June 2019

Bryan’s Story

The YMCA also connected me with the right people to help me stop using drugs. With the help of my addiction worker, I’ve been able to finally kick the drugs.

17 June 2019

Lou’s Story #IAMWHOLE

For as long as I can remember mental health has always impacted my life in a major way. With the help and support from my amazing YMCA family, my home church and an incredible organisation called Mercy UK, I was able to turn my life around.

17 June 2019

David’s #IAMWHOLE Story

From an early age, I’ve struggled to fit into a group, others saw me as a bit ‘weird’. My mental health was at its lowest a few years back when my anxiety was at its peak and my confidence at its lowest. I was afraid of being judged, of not being good enough. I kept comparing myself to others.

17 June 2019

Stephi’s Story #IAMWHOLE

Growing up with dyslexia and dyspraxia painted a big red target on my back. There wasn’t a lot of knowledge about such disabilities back then. I was picked on at school since primary one but it wasn’t until primary four that the bullying really started.

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