Faris suffers from depression, anxiety and PTSD. Like many other young people, stigma meant he was terrified of people finding out about his mental illness, and he tried hard to hide his daily struggles. Eventually, Faris discovered that talking about his experiences helped him cope. He realised that sharing his story would not only ease his suffering, but would help to break down the mental health stigma that had silenced him for so long.
Watch Faris' brave, moving video, and read his blog about opening up and speaking out: