As a teenager, António Ferreira felt huge pressure at school to succeed, and started suffering pseudo seizures, auditory hallucinations and paranoia. He describes it as a boulder on his back that he couldn’t lift or get rid of, and he had planned to take his life before an intervention. Through a long recovery process, he now recognises the triggers and has learned “to sit patiently for the good days to arrive”. He now serves as a campaigning voice for young people. “The insight and self-awareness I’ve gained has been so helpful for managing myself. You have to experience the rubbish to experience the good.”

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