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 didn't always believe in mental health problems

Recently I was talking to someone about mental health and they asked me whether stigma really exists. 

After staring at them in bemusement for a few seconds, I said yes and made a poorly constructed argument until they walked away.

Here’s what I wanted to say...

Yes. Stigma and discrimination does exist. And I can prove it with a story about me. Well, two different versions of me.

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