Mental illness is something some many of us deal with on a daily basis no matter who you are.
Often people suffering from the likes of depression or anxiety can be left feeling like they're on your own with no one to talk to which is why we could not be more proud of Mitch James for speaking out about his own struggle with depression.
Today in the NZ Herald, Mitch James has spoken openly for the first time about his own journey to say 'it is okay to not be okay, it's okay to talk about it and share our stories to help others. In fact, we must.'
Writing in his own words, Mitch said by sharing his own story of dealing with depression and anxiety, he hopes 'that it will help even just one other person feel less alone and know that there is a way out, even when it feels like all hope is gone.'
Mitch opened up saying his struggling began when he was around 15 after being cut off by a lot of his friends.
After months of feeling like he was alone, Mitch said he was turely miserable.
Along with the toll his depression had on him, Mitch admitted the feeling had an affect on his relationship with his family too.
'This isolated me from the people I loved even more because my parents struggled to understand what was going on with me, they thought I was ruining my life before I even started.'
After going in to further detail about being robbed at knifepoint, leaving school at 17, sleeping on the streets for seven weeks in the UK where he also 'played more than 230 gigs, busked more than 100 times, was robbed, beaten up and witnessed a brutal stabbing' Mitch shared how he was able to find the support he needed.
'I finally found a bunch of mates that really took me under their wing. We were able to share our stories with each other, and in turn, supported each other in ways that helped us all.
Having a group of good mates saved my life and finally gave me the support I needed to get better and to turn my life around.
With them, I was finally able to be honest and to share everything that I had been going through.'
Mitch shared a lengthy message of support and advice to any one feeling like they were alone pleading that 'even when it feels like it isn't true, there are always people around you that want to help.'
Read Mitch's full story on the NZ Herald here and if you feel you need help dealing with depression or a difficult time in your life, call Lifeline on 0800 543 354 or the Suicide Crisis Helpline on 0508 828 865(0508 TAUTOKO). Both are available 24/7.