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 >>


10 years after I became Ill, people still don't trust me

We’re coming up to the birthday that I half heartedly joked I’d never make, when I was 17. 27. Most people struggle through their mid-twenties, trying to find their career, the love of their lives, the right home, and the right friends. I’ve struggled to find the will to get out of bed, instead.

OCD is hard but supportive family and friends help

For far too long I have put off writing a blog about my experience of mental health. I suppose I was frightened of reliving such dark days and feared the judgement of others. However, for me it's time I shared my story. I need to help change attitudes around mental health by speaking up about my journey and aiding others to understand that actually mental illness can be just as debilitating as physical illness.

I cannot imagine having bipolar without a support network

I began blogging about life with bipolar and anxiety disorders this year. Previously, I felt I had to keep quiet about my main mental health condition for fear of stigma, judgement of other people in society. However, I am open about it to close friends and family and wanted to share my story with others through mental health charities such as Time to Change.

My family didn't understand my personality disorder

Nadia was diagnosed with an emotionally unstable personality disorder, and many of her friends and family didn't understand how she could be ill, let alone what she was really going through. Here she talks about her condition and how support and understanding can make a huge difference.

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