The Interviews

Chris – 12/06/2018

Chris is 26 years old and is a fitness instructor.  He enjoys books and movies and hopes to one day start his own blog.  I met him through Twitter and really liked his story when he shared it with me.   Both of us believe that it should be easier for men to talk about their mental health, as there is too much stigma surrounding male mental health nowadays.  With that in mind, he agreed to share his story for you all to read and was glad to share his social media profiles if you wanted to find out more.  Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and read his interview here.

Rishin – 17/04/2018

Another person I met through the wonderful world of Twitter, Rishin is a 40-year-old Buddhist lay priest who struggles with a variety mental health conditions.  He would describe himself as a professional patient, given how many specialists and doctors he has to see for his conditions, and a budding author.  Intrigued yet?  I found his interview to be really open with some humorous twists in it – who says depression has to be…well…depressing??  Check it out here!

Katie – 15/01/2018

Katie is a 39-year-old lab tech from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.  We met on Twitter and have had some really great and random conversations, as we seem to share similar interests.  She is a sci-fi fan (like me) and likes Star Trek, Doctor Who but also a couple of other shows.  She lives with her husband and has one child.  Interestingly, when asked to answer some questions for us, she decided she preferred to draw a cartoon of sorts to answer them.  A unique interview, I found it interesting.  Find it here!

Louise – 25/11/2017

I met Louise on Twitter as one of our frequent followers.  She’s 34 years old and is a full-time mum from Nottingham.  Before becoming a full-time mum, though, she was an early years educator.  One thing she enjoys is making jewellery!  After some conversations on Twitter, she agreed to be interviewed by us to share her walk with mental health.  She tells me that she doesn’t know why anyone would want to know her story but I think that’s the point…we undervalue our stories and struggles, yet they can be so important!  Listen to it here!

Luce – 17/10/2017

One of our patrons over at our Patreon page, Luce has been struggling with depression for a long time.  I first met her through our Facebook page, through a friend that I went to university with.  Since she pledged to support Pushing Back the Shadows, we’ve been chatting and she agreed to do this great interview for us, talking about her own struggles.  She’s a customer service assistant from Wolverhampton, 26 years old and has also given us permission to point you in the direction of her Facebook account if you wanted to learn more.  Listen to it or read it here!

Khristina – 11/09/2017

I had the privilege of meeting Khristina on Twitter through my interactions.  She is 18 years old and from Kenya and enjoys watching movies, painting and running.  Due to technological constraints, we could only do a written interview but it was great to hear from her about her struggles with borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, insomnia and schizophrenia.  One day she hopes to study law and forensic science at Cambridge University and she is also fluent in English, French and Swahili as well as proficient in Latin and Ancient Greek.  You can find her interview here!

Anonymous IdentityCayde – 14/08/2017

Cayde (pseudonym) is a 15-year-old student from England. Currently studying for his GCSE exams, he enjoys computer gaming and blogging as well as movies.  I had the privilege to interview him concerning his mother’s depression to get a unique insight into how parental depression can affect their children.  It was a really honest and perceptive interview that, in all honesty, surprised me with its depth.  Check it out here to read it or listen to it!

 

Judy Woolfall – 17/07/2017

Judy is a 52-year-old counsellor and psychotherapist from Wolverhampton, England.  She currently lives in Wolverhampton and runs her own counselling service, registered through BACP.  You can find out more about her on her LinkedIn profile or contact her should you be interested in becoming a client.  I had the privilege of interviewing Judy for PBTS, gaining insight into her personal and professional experiences with depression.  Check out the interview here!

 

Karina 19/06/2017Karina

Karina is a 46-year-old carer from Willenhall, England. Currently she cares for her daughter as a stay-at-home mum but previously she used to work as a care worker for the elderly.  Like me, she has moved around a lot but has returned to her roots in Willenhall.  She has been living with depression for 6 years now.  Find the full interview here!

 

 

Jeremy – 19/05/2017

Jeremy is 34-year-old youth worker from New Brunswick, eastern Canada.  He currently lives in Canada with his wife and two children and has been living with depression for almost 21 years now.  I had the privilege of interviewing him about his struggle.  Find the full interview here!