Kieron with Tyne bridge in background

Kieron’s story

Kieron has experienced stress, depression and anxiety since hitting his teenage years. As part of #IAMWHOLE, Kieron shares his experience to raise awareness of mental health stigma, in his own…

Lewis’ story

“Being on the street is scary, very scary. When I was about 14 years old, I used to suffer with major anxiety because of bullying in school, I could not go…

Rachel’s story

“Before I went to YMCA, I was beyond depressed. Both my parents abused me as a child – psychological, physical, sexual abuse.” Rachel’s story is featured as part of our…

Chelsea’s story

Chelsea was sexually abused by a family member when she was just six years old. This horrific trauma was at the root of her multiple and undiagnosed mental health difficulties;…

Ray

Ray’s story

This time last year, after the relationship with his family broke down, Ray found himself homeless. He wanted nothing more for Christmas, than to have a roof over his head,…

Dannielle

Dannielle’s story

Dannielle’s story Dannielle was 19 years old when she came to YMCA. She was incredibly depressed due to problems at home, and when her brother was violent towards her, Dannielle…

Amy’s story

At just 16 years old, Amy’s relationship with her mother deteriorated, she felt she had no choice but to leave home and ended up sleeping on the streets. She was…

Mhairi’s Story

Mhairi left her family home as a teenager to move in with her then boyfriend. When the relationship broke down, she felt unable to go back to her parents and…