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 >>

Everything is so much brighter now I've started talking about my mental health

jasmineIt’s not easy accepting yourself when you’re watching everyone else getting on with life, rolling through the situations which you find hard. It almost makes you feel alien. In the past, before I had not quite explained the depths of my problems to anyone, I was so quick to want to give up. Attempting suicide from the outside was "to gain attention" and "selfish to my children and family".

I am no longer afraid to speak out about anorexia

I always kept my mental health issues very private and I was extremely selective in who I told about things and what I told them. lauraI would say in the beginning that there was one person in my life, other than professionals, that knew everything. Having one person who understood was enough to keep me ticking along in what I describe as 'limbo land' where I function, but don't live.

How can I put this into words? Sharing your Depression with someone you love

I wish I could say that being there for a loved one when they are going through Depression is easy, you are carried by your Love for them and never ever have fear, doubt or frustration during the process. amandaThat is obviously flowery love rubbish. It’s hard, you doubt, you have fear, you are frustrated, but the best of us stick by and fight alongside this loved one because you do love them.


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