“Anxiety is still so stigmatised and I feel so brave opening up about it”- Mark Ferris
“This wasn’t me… This is not the way I wanted to live my life. His main message is that you are not alone and if he could make it through then anyone can.-Mark Ferris.
Mark Ferris, 27 is a budding YouTube who has opened up about his struggle with mental health in particular, his battle with anxiety.
“Knowing others were going through mental health enabled me to get through it”
In the past he admits he didn’t really know what Mental Health was. Mark went to the doctors explaining he was suffering from shortness of breath, felt like he was going to pass out and sometimes felt lighted. However, despite this and multiple test being conducted as he didn’t really understand what was going on it was discovered he was suffering from anxiety. This is because he was always a truly happy person and no-one could really tell what was wrong with him not even his close family and friends. He states when his mental illness was at its worse he was unable to do the normal things in life such as visiting friends, go to the cinema and crowded places such as shopping centres things ordinary people take for granted.
“This wasn’t me… This is not the way I wanted to live my life. His main message is that you are not alone and if he could make it through then anyone can. Speaking so openly about it and how mental health affected me, and to see the comments saying ‘you’re speaking my mind’ is just the best feeling,”
He first spoke about mental health in a YouTube video he created highlighting it was hard for him to at first post his story online but in insight the best thing he’s done as he’s received so much support. “When I had struggles, seeing other people talking about it was amazing because the first thing you want to know is that you’re not alone.”
How is Mark now?
Mark is now a successful YouTube entertainer since 2013 he has amassed more than 665,230subscribers. He is an inspiration to many who are battling anxiety, depression and other mental health illnesses. Through his online videos he has provided hope to many hundreds of thousands of individuals. As his channel is about having fun and a laugh but now that he has a voice he wants to use it for the greater good.
Let’s get back to teaching you how to be happy, so that can you get back to living a life you love where you can: Mark’s top tips to manage mental health: Walking, Reading, Cleaning and to speak and seek support.
To read more more about how Mental Health has been successfully been managed by others here is a link to George’s story
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