Steven Phillips – Mental Health

Sharing an old school friends strength and determination

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Speaking out about my experience with mental illness is something I have been toing and froing about for a while weather or not to write this blog. After dialogue with my family, close friends, and my mental health team I want to share my story to raise awareness and lessen the stigma associated with mental illness.

I used to be a very confident person and enjoyed life. I was very career driven and had a list of personal goals the length of a football field, leading a very structured life.

In December 2012 I lost my wife Brenda to breast cancer. She had been diagnosed while pregnant in March earlier that year and my little boy Oliver was only 4 months old when she passed away.  I felt that I had grieved ok – I would have the odd panic attack here and there but my health has since been…

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