About Real Stories

When you’re struggling with your feelings it can sometimes seem like you’re the only one who feels the way you do. But you’re not alone. Lots of other people deal with similar problems all the time – you just might not know it.

Real Stories are created by MindMate, to share stories from young people in Leeds who have had problems with their mental health. We’ll be adding more stories over the next few months so please check back again soon.

For more information about the issues raised, look out for the pop-ups throughout the films or see our ‘Common issues’ section on the MindMate website.

Send your story

Would you like to feature on MindMate’s ‘Real Stories’?

Have you experienced panic attacks in the past and would be comfortable talking about it on film?

If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Please contact us if you’re interested.*

Contact us

*Unfortunately, we can't promise to include everyone who comes forward, but we will reply to every email we receive as soon as we can.

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Olivia's story
I was always an anxious child
What is anxiety?
The feelings were just so overwhelming that the panic took over
What is panic?
For me my anxiety gets worse around exam season and any massive changes...
Coping with exams
Crowds can also be quite difficult
Understanding triggers
It's a sensory overload
Everybody has some anxiety to a degree
I've learned how to control it
Taking control of anxiety
I found exercising or going for long walks really useful
Guided meditation and mindfulness as well it kind of brings you back to the moment
I started off in an environment that I was calm in
Finding help in Leeds
I can cope with this I can get through it
Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of
Find any way of communicating that works for you
Starting conversations

A final note from Olivia

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