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How Coming Home Saved My Life

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At the age of 18 I did what most people my age do — packed my bags and headed off to university. I moved over 100 miles away to study at my dream university after getting an unconditional offer.

If only I had known it wasn’t going to be quite the dream I had imagined… I have struggled with depression for as long as I can remember, and as a teenager I was discouraged from getting professional help as my parents believed it would hinder my future.

I had been self-harming for two years by the time I headed off to university, and being two hours away from my parents gave me the confidence to finally seek the help I needed.

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