Amanda Smith, a 22-year old business coach from the United Kingdom, recently went viral after posting two very distinct selfies: one showing her posing with a face full of makeup — what she normally posts to social media, and one showing her other “normal” side — free of make-up and visibly distressed, which she considers a less-seen but equally true side of her.
The second photo was taken right after Smith suffered a panic attack. “I’m so sick of the fact that it’s 2016 and there is still so much stigma around mental health,” she wrote on Facebook. Smith shared that she has been suffering from depression and anxiety attacks since she was 16 years old. “It disgusts me that so many people are so uneducated and judgemental [sic] over the topic,” she added. She shared a stat that one in three people will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lives, and criticised some typical attitudes she’s observed: “There’s still people that make comments like ‘you’ll get over it’, ‘you don’t need tablets, just be happier,’ ‘you’re too young to suffer with that.’” Smith hopes that people sharing her message and photos will help raise awareness: “To anyone who is going through the same, please do not suffer in silence. There is so much support around — Don’t be scared to ask for help.”
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