I have chosen to remain anonymous - please note that these photos are not of myself.
I was 13 when I first started to struggle with my mental health. I was bullied throughout my time at school, had difficulties regarding family and then was sexually assaulted. At the age of 14 I began to develop an eating disorder which then progressed to depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and psychosis. Right from the beginning I felt powerless and unable to express myself.
When I was 16 I took photography as an A-level, and felt it a fantastic way of expressing my self. Any title I was given to follow I always managed to include mental health and realism of it. This really helped me in being able to let go of past experiences.
Without the support of friends I never would have been able to exhibit my work, and share with the world my experiences and emotions, so for that I am truly grateful!