2. A Close Friends Passing - Sarah

When I was in University a close friend of mine passed away, it was very sudden and put my life into a tail spin. I became very depressed, I couldn't get out of bed, and when I did I would go out and party really hard, binge drinking and blacking out.

I found it almost impossible to study, and could barely concentrate . I quit my job as I had found out about my friends death at work, and found it was too painful to be there.

After a few months it all caught up with me and I told my family that I wasn't coping. They let me talk it out, just listening which really helped and then suggested I should speak to someone about it.

I spoke to my GP, who was so lovely and understanding about how I was feeling. He referred me see a counsellor on mental health plan, which was free for a couple of sessions and they helped me work through what I was feeling. 

As well as working through my feelings with a professional I found hanging out with friends who knew him was very healing for me. Some days were tough but I set myself a routine, that I stuck to and made sure I was eating and exercising because that really helped with my mood.

Once I finished Uni I went overseas for a while, this helped, as it showed me how big and amazing the world is and that there  are so many possibilities for my life.

 

Grief and loss

It may be helpful to read a bit more about how to identify and deal with grief and loss.

http://www.justaskus.org.au/wellbeing/grief-and-loss

Binge drinking

What is binge drinking and how can it affect you?

http://www.justaskus.org.au/alcohol/binge-drinking/

Depression

Depression is treatable, here is how to identify it and what you can do to manage it.

http://www.justaskus.org.au/wellbeing/depression/

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