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'm not going to be ashamed of my mental illness any more

I’ve always found it a strange concept how physical and mental health are viewed differently. I mean, when I had tonsillitis I received grapes, get well wishes, plenty of hugs and often my friends would throw a few jokes at my expense due to my lack of voice. When I’ve had a relapse with my mental health however things were different which is strange, after all the brain can get sick like any other part of the body?

The four myths I've encountered about depression

At a dinner at a good friends house the other night, I overheard one of the other guests in conversation with the host. ‘I know loads of people who take anti-depressants’, she said. ‘My dad takes them too and do you know what, I just don’t get it. It’s not like these people haven’t got anything to feel blessed about. It’s about gratitude. They need to stop wallowing and be grateful for what they have – some people have nothing.

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