Inside Our Minds 2020

Just over 6 years ago a quick succession of life events including the loss of a job, a relationship breakup and a car accident led to Martin Johnson, 28, emerging into a much darker place inside his head. This crippled him to the point where he couldn’t leave his bed for weeks, uncertain of the thoughts and feelings inside his mind.

Today Martin finds it difficult to remember the young person he was then, compared to the optimistic, resilient, energy-filled human he is now, even though there are still times when stress builds and his anxiety levels surge. The difference now is that he has the tools, self-awareness and support both personally and professionally, combined with lots of positive life experience to draw upon, so he can quickly address and move forward.

But he hasn’t forgotten the very real struggle brought on by a series of external factors that can impact anyone – and the relief that came from beginning to share his inner pain with loved ones and professionals. He wants other young people living with mental health challenges to know their story matters, and that with support, they too, can thrive not just survive.

Martin’s own story and his passion to support other young people is the driving force behind the Y’s national “Inside Our Minds” campaign, which will share the stories of seven young people with lived experience of mental health issues.

The Y believes in the power of inspired young people like Martin, and also understands that the mental health of young people is among their number one concerns nationally and globally, and has never been more challenged than it is now through the impacts of the global pandemic.

CONTENT WARNING: These videos contain information about suicide which may be upsetting to some people. If you have any immediate concerns or feel you need support immediately, please contact Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline 13 11 14 available 24 hours a day.

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