Milly Smith, 25, of Hull, England, has coped with mental illness since she was in her teens. When she first realized she was having thoughts of suicide, she spoke with her doctor about receiving treatment. Unfortunately, her doctor was not concerned. He quickly dismissed her because he did not believe she looked suicidal. As a result, her depression would not be diagnosed for several more years, eventually causing her to attempt to take her own life several times.
Now, a survivor of attempted suicide, she is speaking out about the many different appearances of mental illness and how often it can be unrecognizable just by looking at someone, according to Today.
Smith says she felt hurt and betrayed when her plea for help was ignored by her physician.
"It took a ton of courage to go there and I was in a very vulnerable state," Smith told Today. "I was crushed and felt invalidated and alone." The doctor's thoughtless comment stayed with her throughout the following years as she fought mental illness. Now, having learned how to handle her depression, she is trying to break the stigma that mental illness has just one look.