'Teachers worried my self-harm was contagious'
Media playback is unsupported on your device

'Teachers worried my self-harm was contagious'

Emma has bipolar disorder and first became ill when she was 14, when she began to self harm and even attempt suicide.

She describes how she felt isolated when her friends were judgemental towards her, while her teachers would not take her back to school because they were worried about "contagion".

Now, three years since she felt better, Emma tells The World At One she is "definitely on top of everything" and able to deal with "ups and downs".

If you are feeling emotionally distressed and would like details of organisations which offer advice and support, go online to bbc.co.uk/actionline or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information 0800 066 066.

  • 29 Nov 2016
Go to next video: Fry and Deacon on living with bipolar