Mental health stigma and discrimination: blogs and stories

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. When we make assumptions about how mental health problems will affect someone's behaviour, this makes it more likely that they will be singled out, or labelled as different, dangerous or strange. This is what we call stigma. Treating someone differently from how we treat others because of their mental health, whether consciously or subconsciously, is what we call discrimination.

People with mental illnesses often experience stigma and discrimination that can be worse than the illness itself. In our Stigma Shout survey, 9 out 10 people with mental health problems reported the negative impact of stigma and discrimination on their lives.

These blogs are written by people who have personal experiences of mental health stigma or discrimination and illustrate how it can affect them.

You can help by ensuring your friend or relative is not afraid to speak out about mental health or is left wondering where they can turn for help. Read our tips on talking or pledge to talk about mental health today >>


It took me a while to admit I had a mental health problem, but when I did the reaction I got was really supportive

It’s been many years since I was diagnosed with clinical depression and although I have the tools to deal with it I don’t think I will ever be completely free of what I call my shadow.  However, it’s important to remember that you can live and cope with it with the support of your family and those around you.  

Being honest about my mental health problems helped my colleagues to better support me

I graduated this summer and I recently started my first full time, 'real' job. Right from the start I made the decision to fill out the medical form truthfully – I disclosed that I had depression and that I was on medication for it. I'm usually always open about my depression, but I've been warned so many times not to disclose to an employer that I have a mental illness that it took a bit of thinking.

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