Looking back I’ve always felt different. As a child my father was very violent and I was bullied at school because of the way I looked. I started therapy and for a brief while I made progress but inside I felt miserable and self-medicated with drink and drugs. When psychosis happens you lose touch with reality. Once I felt so powerful that I jumped out of a hotel window and broke my back. I was sectioned and put into hospital where I stayed for two years. When I was well enough I was moved into supported housing in the community. I had a rehabilitation team who helped me recover. I went back to basics learning how to wash myself go out and do daily chores. Now I’m fully independent. My life feels full. In truth I will always be vulnerable to mental health problems but I’m not defined by them. If you’re suffering then seek help. With time and support you will recover.