Pamela Smallridge, of Dumfries, was diagnosed with bipolar type two disorder on her 27th birthday.
Now the 29-year-old is desperate to support others with mental health problems to “better their lives” and has just passed an Introduction to Counselling course on her way to an HNC.
The former Dumfries Academy pupil said: “I was so glad to pass because I want to help people in similar situations and fight the stigma surrounding mental health problems.
“I’ve found the inner strength to keep going and I’m looking to support other people facing the same issues.”
Pamela is distance-learning at West College Scotland and is already helping people through a Facebook page, Let’s Talk Mental Health Now, set up last April with her late partner.
She added: “People message the page and I talk through their issues. Sometimes people just need to know they aren’t alone. I hope to make this my career.”
Having struggled since she was 11, Pamela was diagnosed at Midpark, Dumfries and Galloway’s mental health facility.
Pamela is also fundraising to help others battle mental health problems. She is preparing to take on the human slingshot at Gatehouse in aid of Support in Mind Scotland, a leading mental health charity.
Anyone wishing to donate can visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Pamela-Smallridge