My journey through depression

The creative story below is about how a group that someone is part of takes action to create change for girls and women. It was submitted to the Girl Rising Champions of Change Contest, powered by HP. Being featured on this site does not mean that an individual is a contest finalist. All artwork is the property of the original creator.

"I started the project of my story facing depression and anxiety a by myself for the last three years. As a part of my recovery, I also wanted to raise the awareness about mental health problems and how its attacking people in silence nowadays especially our countries that went through a lot of disappointments because of our political and economic situation. I decided to share my story on facebook with the public while it was so hard for me to do that. But I had a lot of female friends that have the same problems and was afraid t talk about it or seek help.As living in a patriarchal society, it is so hard for women to admit that we are facing issues as it's going to make us less credible and it's going to marginalize us more. Also, a lot of women and men are afraid of sharing their stories or seeking help even with their surroundings as they will be stereotyped or stigmatized. I decided to share my story to encourage other women to seek help and It worked because after posting each picture I received a lot of messages from women asking for help and therapists numbers."

Habiba Abdelaal

Athens, Ohio, USA


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Sara Hubbard