Mental Illness is real in Zambia.

I was in university when I was first diagnosed [with anxiety]. And I’ve only been dealing with it healthily for about 2 years. Before I was diagnosed I used to drink for me to cope with all the overwhelming feelings and emotions. Even after being diagnosed, I drank most of 2016 and some of 2017 away. I finished a bottle of vodka every day and if I didn’t, I’d be physically shaken and sick.
— Female Student in Lusaka
Anxiety does this thing where it convinces you that you’re either too much or not enough or somehow simultaneously both.
— Female Student in Lusaka

Tell us your story.

Are you a Zambian that has experienced clinical depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, or any other common mental disorder? We want to hear your story!

Don’t worry. It is completely anonymous. We don’t know anything about you except what you tell us.

Your story is powerful and can help bring about positive change. Thank you for being brave enough to dive into your own past to help change the present of others.

Your Story

There's no right or wrong here. We just want to know your own unique story. But here are a couple of questions to get you started: -Tell us about one of your hardest moments battling depression/anxiety/etc -How did it FEEL? -How did it effect your life? -How did your family or community react? -What are some things you wish you could have said while you were (or are) struggling? And you don't have to have a pretty ending. If you are still struggling, tell us. That is real life.

**by submitting your story, you agree to let us use and publish your story with the fake name provided.

*note: this page is only set up for telling your story. If you need help, go to our “Contact” page to send us a message so we can follow up with you.