A Glasgow girl has finally burned her suicide notes vowing 'I won’t be going anywhere.'
Caitlin McClean torched the notes she planned to use as tragic goodbyes after deciding she would never need them.
The 21-year-old 'felt a weight off her shoulders' watching her 'negative' past crumble in front of her after struggling with mental health issues.
Now she hopes her brave act will inspire others to do the same.
Caitlin told the Daily Record: "After them sitting in my bedside drawer for ages, waiting for the day to come, I burned my suicide notes because I won’t be going anywhere and the day won’t come.
"It can only go up from here.
"I had the notes for over a year so burning them felt like a weight off my shoulders.
"It was like watching a negative part of my past disappear.
"I have suffered from multiple mental health issues that I’d rather not disclose, but it started with anxiety and depression and this is so much more common than people think and it has to be recognised."
Caitlin shared her brave act on social media in the hope others would see and follow her example.
Her aim was to start an open discussion around mental health and remind people that they are not alone.
Caitlin said: "I wanted to share my story in order to spread the hope that other people can move past this point in their lives.
"I got to that place by reaching out and getting the help that was out there, talking with friends, family, loved ones and support bases.
"It wasn’t easy but I did get there and other people can too.
"I would really encourage people to not feel ashamed in how they are feeling because they really are not alone. There are helplines and you can speak to your doctor.
"You must reach out because you are not alone."
You can call the Samaritans on 116 123 if you need help and want to reach out to someone.