James found that sharing his story lifted a weight off his own shoulders too.
James says, "I wanted to speak out and share my story in the hope that it inspires others to get help."
Why did you want to become a media volunteer?
"It's important to me that people know there is support out there. The adage that you shouldn't suffer in silence is equally as important and I wanted to share the life-changing decision to make the one phone call that changed my life. Sharing my story helped others"
Were there any parts you were worried about?
"No, I had no concerns about becoming a media volunteer. All expectations were clearly made beforehand as to what the media were wanting to talk about."
"When giving interviews, StepChange were there for support. Honestly, it's exciting and important to tell others about the good work of the charity and the support that they give."
What has your experience been like so far?
"Totally positive. Telling my story has lifted a weight off my shoulders and I feel I've been given the chance to help others in a unique way."