Anon

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*ANON POST*
I'm the proud partner of a miner, which makes my story slightly different. Together we have been doing this mining lifestyle for 13 years, he’s been mining for almost 20 years.
My mental health became more apparent when we relocated to a small mining town. In the first few months of living there I can clearly remember sitting under the house one day crying, I felt so lost and essentially lonely. My partner asked what I wanted to do, and I had absolutely no idea. Somehow together we managed to forge ahead for another six years in this toxic town, getting away every chance we got. We quickly learnt that a large majority of the people that lived in this town were toxic with a hidden agenda – very two faced. People thrived on gossip and rumours and nothing ever got in the way of a good story full of lies, right? Constantly defending yourself was tough. I often questioned why I moved to this town.
We didn't fit the community norm - no children and owned everything that we had. We were quite happy to just be ourselves. However, this wasn't the case to be, there were people that were set in making sure that we both crumbled.
I would go to work and come home. I didn't join any sporting groups and rarely went to social functions. I found it difficult to make genuine friends (I was very aware of what people were like to your face and behind your back). We weren’t into going to the pub and were happy to stay at home and have a drink around the fire. My anxiety became so high that I was constantly living on edge, and I stayed home to avoid unnecessary drama. I only spoke to my partner and my mum about how I really felt, I didn’t bother my friends I’d left behind; I didn’t think they wanted to hear constantly how bad a time I was having or what it was doing to my health. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?!
In June 2020 my health became a priority, we knew it was time to get out. It didn’t happen straight away, but it happened. We moved to some acreage and the loudest thing that we hear is the wind in the leaves and the birds chirping, a welcome change to hearing the neighbour screaming all the time. Our life was looking up, I had scored a great job, met some genuine work colleagues and I was happy again. This was to be short lived, just outside of 12 months the β€˜honeymoon’ phase had begun wearing off and recently, my anxiety has come back to pay me a little visit. This time I've made sure that I have spoken to the people that matter most to me - my partner, my mum, a few friends and some work colleagues, but most importantly I've made that doctor's appointment. I knew within myself that the lack of sleep, the sensitivity/irritability to almost anyone and everything, severe lack of motivation, the β€˜on edge’ feeling and avoidance is not how I should be feeling. I knew that something from my past has triggered some memories, what exactly, I am not sure but, with the right help I can get it sorted.
My partner still works in mining and I'm proud of all the achievements that he has made. Essentially, it has allowed us to be where we are today, and I look forward to what our future holds. Something we both agree on is that we will never live in a mining town ever again, it is not worth all the negativity, toxicity, boxes of tissues or packing!
Those 6 years had a major impact on my life which is something that has made me so passionate about Mineset. I like that Mineset isn’t just for the miners, that it is for the families at home as well. Thank you Mineset for creating such an environment for everyone.
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