Sharing lived experience of mental illness offers ‘a different kind of hope’

What made a difference, Mr Panther said, was connecting with people who shared similar experiences and feelings.

“The thing that made me feel better was finding other people who asked the same big, gooey questions … who wondered what the point of living was sometimes,” he said.

“The very simple act of communing and connecting with other people who ‘go there’ can create this profound shift in how you see yourself.
“It’s feeling like [you’re] not the only one who feels this way … I think of it as a different kind of hope.”