'It's a bit like a dark monster, it consumes you': Four people share their battle with mental health issues

"There's a lot of sort of guilt and shame and anger," Max Zamudio says. " You just feel as a parent there is something we should've done or something we could've done."

Mr Zamudio lost his only son, René, to suicide in January 2017. His death devastated the family and resulted in Mr Zamudio experiencing his own struggle with “a dark monster”.

Mr Zamudio is one of four people who have spoken to the Telegraph about their health struggles, for Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Comedian Dave Chawner developed anorexia when he was 17 but for a long time he “didn’t realise he was anorexic” and turned down treatment. After two years of “incredible” therapy he’s now an ambassador for the Mental Health Foundation and uses his comedy to reduce the stigma around eating disorders.

Joshua Lloyd tried to take his own life after being passed from doctor to doctor looking for a diagnosis for why he was feeling angry and lost. While being treated in a psychiatric hospital he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Lawyer Emma Stirk lived “the perfect life on paper” but from a young age battled with her thoughts and was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. 

Watch the video above to hear their stories.

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