Personal stories about mental health

Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people every year and no one should feel ashamed. By sharing our experiences, together we can end the stigma.

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I have known Faris for about 14 years, and he has become one of my best friends. Faris came to the UK as a refugee and in very difficult circumstances. When I first met Faris he was about 14 years old and started to work at a shop I work in as a Saturday help. I remember speaking to him about his circumstances and offering...

Why are we so shy when it comes to reaching out? So many people will experience mental health problems, but a lot of us – especially men – still don’t consider mental health relevant to us. But we’ll all know someone with a mental health problem, even if they haven’t felt able to tell us yet.  I hadn’t thought about...

I have dissociative identity disorder. I have seven other parts, and often find myself struggling to explain to people why my presentation is variable through age, ability and capacity – to name a few areas. There is so much assumed about having multiple parts. I am often referred to as having a “split personality” and...

I'm Della, I live in a house share in a different town from my family, I work full time and I have to get through all my daily chores alone and ploughing through the darkness of depression. It's hard, really hard. Depression doesn't care if I have to get up early and work a nine hour shift, depression doesn't care if I...

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