WE NEED TO TALK: FILM PROMOTES BETTER MENTAL HEALTH
Zoe McKenzie is 25 and suffers a little known heart condition. It’s cause? A lifetime of anxiety.
Glasgow-based Zoe revealed her story to promote a mental health film and national road show to be launched in Dundee on Wednesday. Foolish Optimism features Zoe and fellow mental health sufferers Andrew Gibson, 17, and Chris McDonald, 30.
The initiative carries with it a message of hope and seeks to inform a string of mental health reviews across the country.
Zoe said: “I had to deal with a very close friend who was depressed, suicidal and self-harmed.
“It had quite a severe impact on my mental health. I was about 10 or 11. I had a sense of overwhelming doom; something in my mind was telling me we were all going to die and life was just meaningless.”
Zoe sought help and now feels better. She said: “Just sitting down in front of someone and talking openly can be cathartic.”