Equinox Nine Lives, Amazing’s story:
“It’s confusing I must tell you. Because I remember as if I was a baby in the pram, hearing voices. You know a baby, can you imagine? Not even 1 year old, can’t walk, can’t crawl. I was hearing voices.
“I trained as a journalist, I think, by then I was 18. I was doing well academically. 100% A in 4 aspects. I went to Oxford University and I got first class in media studies and advanced technology for the postgraduate.
“I felt tired. I felt angry. Then my GP said, ‘you’re suffering from stress, mental stress,’ which means schizophrenia.’
“So when I was told that I was a bit sad, you know. I felt I don’t need all this. But then, I was coping very well.
“When I became unwell, the doctors said, ‘don’t do any study or jobs anymore’. Of course, I didn’t listen to them. I went on to college, did well, went to get jobs, you know.
“Hardest thing? The voices, the tiredness, the side effects, because I have cancer as well. But I have done very well in terms of how I’ve dealt with the schizophrenia in particular.”
- Read the full story about the Equinox Nine Lives campaign, which launched at City Hall on World Mental Health Day 2014