Friends, family and mental health: blogs and stories

These blogs are written by people with personal experience of mental health problems and about their experiences of friends, family and mental health. This could be a mother writing about how she supported her daughter or someone writing about how their friends treated them differently after learning of their mental illness

Our Stigma Shout survey showed that almost 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems (87%) reported the negative impact of stigma and discrimination on their lives. The research also showed that the way family, friends, neighbours and colleagues behave can have a big impact on the lives of people with mental health problems.

Simply talking to someone about their mental health problem can help strengthen relationships, help recovery and challenge the stigmatising stereotypes that surround mental illness.

By writing about their personal experiences of mental health, these bloggers aim to break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that affects people across the country. Pledge to share your experience of mental health today >>


I am finding living with anxiety tough but I am speaking up

Throughout my younger years, I'd always been the 'happy kid'. Sian's blog The one that was always smiling and joking. I was confident too, taking part in plays and volunteering answers in class. When I got to the age of 14, I started to feel 'down', or at least that was how I thought of it. Suddenly I lacked the enthusiasm I once had.

There are positive ripples from us speaking out about mental health problems

I wasn't very popular with Lang, my wife, on Thursday morning – Time to Talk Day. She very much likes being in bed. We'd gone to sleep quite late on Wednesday night, and got up rather early. While she's never genuinely grumpy, she was perhaps on the spiky side of placid on Thursday. This was made worse when we realised I'd got the time of our taxi wrong, and we'd got up half an hour earlier than necessary.

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