Earlier this month, a British business coach named Amber Smith posted two images on Facebook: One of her made-up face and one of herself visibly shaken.
The 22-year-old posted this composite image to show people that the un-made-up photo of herself is her “‘normal’ side…that most people don’t see.” It was taken shortly after Smith suffered a panic attack. Smith told ABC News that she has been struggling with depression and anxiety since she was 16 but that she was only diagnosed three years ago.
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“I’m so sick of the fact that it’s 2016 and there is still so much stigma around mental health,” Smith wrote on Facebook. “It disgusts me that so many people are so uneducated and judgemental [sic] over the topic.”
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“I kind of reached a point where I recently wasn’t feeling too good with everything and I got forced to go out with some friends,” Smith said to ABC of why she posted the image. “[My friends] kept saying, ‘Why are you late for this…?’ The whole time they didn’t know that I’ve been at home feeling nauseous, panicky, feeling sick and just generally not in a good place.”
Smith encourages people to share her message (and her photos). “The more awareness there is, the less people who will suffer in silence,” she wrote.