‘Mindlock’ is about Sam, an ordinary person making the familiar journey home from work. The story describes Sam’s private internal struggle with negative thoughts and feelings.
It reflects the real experiences of the contributors, who willingly shared their thoughts and feelings in the hope that others would relate to them and seek help rather than suffering in silence.
When daily stresses are sustained or happen all at once, they can become overwhelming. This can result in problems coping with day-to-day life and mood difficulties like anxiety or depression. This in turn can create further stress in our relationships or circumstances. Unfortunately, many of us are familiar with this vicious cycle.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mood problems, you are not alone. In the UK currently, one in four of us experience mental health problems. Symptoms of anxiety and depression are described on the back page, to help you recognise them. It might be that people close to you notice before you do, that you’re not your usual self. You should speak to your G.P. if you suspect you may be anxious or depressed. You can also find resources and sources of support on the back page.
Dr Laura Lavery
Written and illustrated by,
With special acknowledgement to the following service users and staff members of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies, South Eastern Trust.