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'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...

I first experienced mental health problems at age nine, but I didn’t really know what was happening. My parents just thought I was scared of everything and that I was a nervous little girl. At around the age of 14 I went to see a young person’s counsellor because my anxiety had got worse. I’d got to the point where I...

Judging others because of their illnesses, and without knowing, or caring, about their stories, will cause pain. I know from experience that poor attitudes can cause untold damage. To give you my background, I am the victim of abuse and rape, and when I use the word victim I mean in the legal sense. I have always been...

As a man, admitting to having a mental illness is still seen as a 'weakness'. The stigma still remains. This week, a post I made on Twitter regarding anxiety (#anxietyepidemic), received a lot of feedback, including from men who engaged in the conversation. This has encouraged me to write further about my own experiences,...

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