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Following on from the courageous story shared by an even more courageous Sam, is a copy of the email I sent to Sam upon receipt of his email, in turn followed with his response:

'Hi Sam,

WOW!!  Thank you for opening up. Your story is one I would be delighted to share on the GHFC. 

Also, how did you feel after you had composed this email, then hit the ‘send’ button?

I’m betting a combination of relief with a great sense of uplifting!

I say this because every time I share my experience with someone else, this is how I feel. Making sure of course the person I’ve shared with is also OK, and that my story has not sent him or her into a tail spin about their own anxieties!

To date they have always felt better hearing from someone else with similar anxieties…a trouble shared being a trouble halved…on a 2-way street.

Thanks again Sam. Big man hug coming your way in return!!

All the best,

Charlie'.

'Hi Charlie,

Indeed I did feel better after I sent that email and was quite surprised when I found myself opening up and typing it!

Thanks for the hug – much appreciated!

All the best,

Sam'

Please, if you or someone you know is showing signs of anxiety (lethargy, moodiness, mood swings, lack of enthusiasm to socialize, declining appetite, increasing alcohol intake), then please do check out the following websites so as to either find or share some of the worlds best support and strategies to cope:

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/

https://www.ruok.org.au/

https://www.lifeline.org.au/

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