Advice and tips on living with mental illness

These blogs offer advice and tips on how to talk about mental health to friends, colleagues and family as well as more general tips on dealing with mental illness.

They are written by people with personal experiences of mental health problems who, through talking about mental health openly, aim to break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that affects people across the country.

For instance, Shea wrote about the experiences of her and her husband and offers 5 top tips for dealing with mental health in a relationship.

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It's by asking not fixing that people can help the most

Everyone knows what a bad day's like. I'd come to the end of my temporary job. I now just had the long commute left; the only part of this job I wouldn't miss. I waited some time in the cold before the bus arrived, and sat on it long enough to just see the pharmacy close its doors at the other end of my journey. I wasn't going to be picking up my prescription today. The shops had shut, so I wasn't going to be able to pick up a drink and a snack to be able to take my next lot of painkillers (it's not advised to take them on an empty stomach).


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