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 >>


Life with my partner who has depression and bipolar

I want to talk openly about the realities of living with and trying to support someone who is mentally ill, and what I’ve learned about mental health and stigma over the years. The stigma of mental illness isn’t just connected with those who are ill, but also to those of us on this journey with them. I live with a partner who has depression and bipolar disorder.

Being open about my anxiety helped people understand what it's really like

I've lived with anxiety since I can remember. My mum died at a young age and other life events along the way have led me to suffer from crippling panic attacks and constant worry. My mind can be a very hyperactive place and I tend to obsess a lot, whether that's feeling bad about the way I've said something to someone or entertaining a really awful thought and then torturing myself with it.

I kept my bipolar disorder hidden, but it's time to talk about it

My bipolar disorder came out recently at work. Cautioned against sharing my diagnosis, I had done everything I could to hide it. Yet I longed to be more open. I had an instinct that my colleagues would be sensitive to my situation. Afraid that I was being naïve, I kept my mouth shut.

Why I opened up about my mental illness

I knew for a long time that I had a particularly melancholic attitude towards a variety of things.Rory's blog However, I chose to plod on deliberately ignoring the clear signs and symptoms that pointed towards me suffering from depression. I chose for many years to suffer in silence – but I can say now that I feel better having opened up about my depression and actually seeking support.

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