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 >>


My loved ones are helping me to recover: coping with bipolar disorder and BPD

2014 has been a rollercoaster of a year; I have experienced more pain and emotion than ever before.  A sudden loss of someone I hold dear caused me to re-examine my own life and begin to change it. I have always been very secretive when it came to my mental health, feeling ashamed and weak (views which people often express that just add to my own insecurities).

Bipolar Disorder and Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder: I’m so glad I got help because I know I’m on the right track

It’s not everyday you find yourself admitting that you have mental health issues. Ellie After childhood years of “bad behaviour” and “awkwardness” and my teenage thoughts locked away dangerously in my own head I found myself screaming - mid argument during the longest and darkest depression I had ever endured - “there is something wrong with me!” There it was: the elephant in the room. I had just said it.

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