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 >>


Learn how to save lives from the mental health community

I grew up throughout my whole adolescence a lost little soul, hiding away my internal sufferings from those around me in my life, and desperately seeking the answers as to why I was so unhappy compared to all my other peers. Little did I know, that 10 and a half years later it would all make sense. The day I sat in my doctor’s office whilst she threw the term ‘Bipolar Disorder’ at me.

Losing friends due to a mental illness just doesn't seem fair to me

Mental illness, looks like unmade beds, unwashed hair, personal hygiene that somehow gets lost in time… The energy and the will to have a shower, to brush your teeth, to eat something, has long but faded to the back of your thoughts. Time loses all meaning to you. Was that a minute that just passed by, or was it another year? The years are flying by now, with my main goal, in getting better; Feeling so incredibly far from my reach…
 

Being able talk honestly is literally lifesaving

There is way too much taboo about talking about our mental health. Even those who experience mental illness are not 100% honest with each other. Most of us have our mask on nearly all the time, pretending to everyone (even ourselves!) that we are ’fine’ when on the inside we are breaking.

Our masks are especially strong now having had Christmas and everyone saying ‘Happy New Year.’ We respond with the same reply but do we truly and honestly feel it? Most of the time, NO.

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