A New Friend

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Amliea’s story

I started watching sicknotweak.com videos with Michael Landsberg in May or June of 2016.  Over time as they increasingly appealed to me, I looked at the sicknotweak.com website and discovered the chat room.  I had never chatted online before, so it was a totally new experience for me.  I was lost for hours.  This was the friendliest community I had ever met, never mind online.  The participants were welcoming and supportive.  I felt heard and was able to support others.   I felt really good about the time I spent chatting and lost over 2 hours to the activity.  So I returned a few more times and met a friend.  Her name is Jane Joseph and she lives in Asia.  We are in totally different time zones, but we chat almost every day on WhatsApp.  Since meeting and chatting with Jane, I have started to eat breakfast, drink less coffee, eat more regularly, and be more aware of when I need rest.  Because I can chat about my symptoms with someone who lives with similar ones, I am able to encourage Jane and she is able to encourage me.  Now in between supporting one another, we work on small online projects.  It has been very interesting to learn about Jane’s culture and her desires to do mental health advocacy work and share her beautiful, inspired art work.  She has encouraged me to consider at least trying an online university course, and I am encouraging her to sell her beautiful art.  We are now more like sisters than just friends and we have never met in person.  The support I receive is invaluable to my well-being, the input and suggestions for self-care from another country has been truly helpful.  We marvel at how different we are, yet how similar we are.  All thanks to sicknotweak.com, I have a friend for life.

Jane,s Story

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I was sharing my depression life story with my eldest cousin, in July, 2016. She told me about SickNotWeak.com and their community, how they help those who are alone and suffering from mental illness.

I went on SickNotWeak.com, made an account and joined the SNW chat community. I had never before joined an online community and I had rarely talked about my depression and life story. When I joined SNW I felt a supportive response from the SNW community. They really do help others who suffer with mental illness.

Daily I went on SNW chat and talked with people and shared my depression illness. Then one day I met a new friend, Amelia. She told me about SNW videos that are very helpful for depression, and told about Michael Landsberg. I then watched the Daily Landsblog. They helped me. SNW inspires me.

Amelia and I first met on SNW chat. Then we connected through Twitter DM. When our friendship grew, we began to connect using WhatsApp. We talk to each other almost daily. She is also suffering with MI and we are so much alike. Our relationship is more than friendship – now we are sisters. We support each other and encourage each other.

Amelia builds my confidence. She guides me in each step of life and teaches me how to protect myself online from bad environments and people. Amelia told me how I can display my art work to the whole world and show people my designing work. She rebuilt my confidence in my art. She guides me on how I can learn through online university courses. She is helping me find better jobs in teaching and designing.

Her moral support is very helpful. Since she came into my life, my life has moved into postivity. I learn a lot from her. We have never met in real life but she is very kind and soft hearted person. She loves me and I also love her. I have no other words to express our friendship.

Thank-you SickNotWeak, for introducing me to Amelia, and giving me the opportunity to make such a good friend who has changed my life.



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