Mental health problems affect many young people every year and no one should feel ashamed for experiencing them. Hire the Youth developed Stories on Depression to prove that by sharing these experiences, together we can end the stigma.

Stories on Depression are the personal experiences of young people who have recovered from, or are going through, depression, anxiety or a related disorder.

These personal stories can be a powerful way to change social attitudes. By sharing your story, you can spread knowledge and perspective about mental health problems that could change the way people think about it. You could share your story as a blog, video or illustration.

Hire the Youth also encourages family and friends to share their experiences of providing support to someone they care about.

These personal stories provide a first-hand look at the challenges and triumphs associated with managing and recovering from depression and anxiety in different communities across Africa.

Would you like to share your Stories on Depression?

Sharing your story can be an opportunity to spread out your thoughts and feelings, help others by providing hope and encouragement, and also help break down the stigma around depression and anxiety in our communities.

Send us an email to share your stories on depression with our community. By sharing your story we hope others will find encouragement and hope, wherever they may be on their personal journey.

We also have to think sensitively about publishing content that contains descriptions of suicide or self-harm. So some of the details will be excluded or toned down so that you can share the experience with these topics in a way that’s safe for all readers.

How to share your story

Are you going through depression? Do you know someone who might be? Every Friday, we share and talk about depression among unemployed young people over our Stories on Depression blog or social media platforms using the hashtag #StoriesonDepression!

We ask you to send a written article, video or illustration of your story to share@hiretheyouth.org. If we’d like to adjust or clarify on a few details, we’ll respond to your article by email with some requests if need be.