Young Ones really helped me out of a difficult time in my life. My self-esteem was falling apart, I was crying all the time, and having suicidal thoughts daily. If not for Young Ones, I have no doubt that I would not be alive right now.
I am reminded of the amazing work that I get to do through the hard work and dedication of Darka Oleksij and her program Young Ones... this charity allows me to go into youth shelters weekly to support very vulnerable youth. A huge thank you!
After [the presenter] told us about borderline personality disorder, I sort of came to a realization that I may have it as well... I finally booked an appointment with a counselling service through Young Ones today, to try and talk to someone about this. In over a year I haven’t had the courage or the reason to talk to anyone about how I’ve been feeling, but sharing [the presenter’s] experience had a hugely positive impact on me.
I wake up and do not dread the day ahead of me. I am good enough. I have forgiven myself for the mistakes I’ve made. My past or future does not define me. I am happy in this present moment and capable of whatever.
Young Ones taught me harm reduction, and harm reduction taught me how to love myself. It took the pressure of quitting self harm off of my shoulders which actually helped me to stop. Harm reduction accepts that I may slip up and self harm again, but that I deserve to be safe if I do so.