When I look back at that dark time, Kids Help Phone was there to help me: Jay’s* story

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I felt numb and hopeless. All I wanted to do was sleep and even worse was not knowing what was wrong with me.

I remember my school had someone come in to talk about depression and they told us about Kids Help Phone. So I called.

When the counsellor answered, I was so afraid I almost hung up. But then I took a deep breath and I told her I thought I might be depressed and didn’t know what to do.

The counsellor explained that depression is a very real condition and something that many people deal with. She then started asking me  questions. About myself. My interests. About how I feel, who supports me and the positive steps I could take to learn more and deal with how I was feeling.

I really felt listened to and I just kept talking and talking.

As the call wrapped, she encouraged me to seek out local supports and gave me some referrals. I said goodbye and hung up.

For the first time in ages I didn’t feel so alone or hopeless any more. I’m coping a lot better now. I’m seeing a professional. I have a plan to be well and stay well.

When I look back on that dark time, it was Kids Help Phone that was there to help me to take the first steps on my journey to a better place. Thanks Kids Help Phone!

* Name has been changed to respect anonymity