In this digital story Stephen talks about growing up and dealing with depression.

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This project was funded by a NZ Mental Health Media Grant and proudly supported by the Ministry of Health's Like Minds, Like Mine Programme and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.


"It was when I was alone at night in my room. I would sleep on the floor because I felt I didn’t deserve to sleep in the bed. I would cry myself to sleep, I didn’t want anyone else to see that side of me. I grew up in Auckland in a very Christian family. I was the oldest, the only boy with three younger sisters. We all went to church regularly and I guess I just absorbed those values. I remember when something gay came up on TV I’d see that negative look on mums face. I... read full transcript

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Record date:2010
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins