How does it affect your day-to-day?
Having anxiety affects me on a daily basis as I doubt myself very often, I become really withdrawn and socially awkward. I still, very often, get urges to self harm on my bad days. I have managed to find coping mechanisms such as football, home workouts, running, painting etc.
You’ve said that within your culture, there are no words to describe your mental health that aren’t derogatory - can you tell us a little more about that?
In the Somali vocabulary there are no words to actually describe mental health without it being degrading and it is looked down upon. There is no education about mental health awareness, which makes issues much harder to identify and resolve.
What are your comfort layers?
Working out, playing football, running, being with my family, painting, drawing and writing notes about my feelings, then reviewing it after a few days.