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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The one small thing that helps me

I’ll start with “how are you?”.Sophie's blog How are you today? Are you feeling happy? Sad? Tired? Angry even? Many of us will reply with “I’m fine”. But what does that mean? It’s become such as stoic expression that hides how we really feel. Being a person with mental health problems, the word “fine” can hide my anxiety, my thoughts and obsessions. It can hide how I’m feeling in reality.

The small things my family and friends do for me add up

Everyone has bad days, where they feel the world is against them or they are down on luck.Lauren's blog For people with mental health issues, it can be an excruciating and exhausting experience. Daily life is enough of a struggle for us to cope with without additional pressures that poor mental health can bring.

4 small things that made all the difference for me

When someone around you is struggling, your natural instinct is to help however you can: A friend sprains their wrist, you carry their coffee; your partner has a cold, you make hot lemon drinks; your colleague has a heavy workload, you do some photocopying for them. But if a loved one is suffering with their mental health, it can be hard to know what to do.


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