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2/2 “During my depression, I lost all my friends except for one friend. Her name is Kultum. Somehow she always stayed by my side. Even though I felt that I could not trust anyone, she never gave up on me.  Looking back, there are a few things that saved my life. The first thing was having someone to talk to and the second thing is Michael Jackson. His music, his lyrics gave me so much power and strength. I still struggle to speak about my emotions but I have a strong urge to do so. Even this conversation was really hard to have.”

(Tunis, Tunisia)

½ “I was never taught to share my feelings. I am an only child so whenever I would go through something I would try to talk to my parents about it. However, I never felt taken seriously by them. At the age of fifteen I got into a serious depression. For almost four years I would not leave my room. In the beginning of my depression my mother took me to see a psychologist. We had a one-hour conversation and when I was done my mum came to pick me up. It felt really good to talk to someone. The psychologist said to my mother that from now on it was important that she would speak to me about feelings and emotions. My mother interpreted it as criticism and an invasion of our family’s privacy. She never took me back to see the psychologist..’‘

(Tunis, Tunisia)