David’s story

David is 23. Depression hit him after exams, making him feel sad and alone, but TheSite.org’s discussion boards gave him courage and comfort.

“I first found out about TheSite.org by chance. I wasn’t looking for it at all.  I was reading the young people’s section on the channel 4 website and I found a link to The Site.org, and then to the forums.

I was under exam stress at the time, and I was just looking for something to distract me. On the forums, I read posts from people with user names like ‘Girl from Mars’ and ‘Turtle’ – they looked like fun people, so I signed up.

The people I met on the forums did comfort me a lot, and gave me the courage to go to the doctors to sort out my illness.”

After I had signed up I read a lot of posts that answered questions I’d had niggling at the back of my mind. I’d been upset, I’d put it down to the exams, but what I read on TheSite.org made a lot of sense, and made me realise things weren’t as simple as that. After my exams, my depression got worse, and I started to self harm, and the forums in particular were a great source of comfort. It was nice to know that I wasn’t alone in what I was going through, that I wasn’t alone in life, and that I wasn’t a freak for doing what I was doing.

The people I met on the forums also gave me the courage to go to the doctors to sort out my illness. I became friends with many people on the forums, some of them were very good friends in real life as well as on the internet, and I even ended up marrying one particularly pleasant young girl! My best man at the wedding was also from the forums.

I think TheSite.org has helped me to realise I am a good human being. As soon as I realised that I was able to move on, and I have done really well. I think the forums are still the most important part of the website, but other aspects like askTheSite are brilliant too. I got some great advice from askTheSite when my wife and I were having serious problems with our landlord.

Now I try to help others using TheSite.org by telling them about my life experiences, and helping them realise they aren’t freaks.”

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