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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Lucy Spraggan's latest song, "Dear You",  is a moving look at the issues of mental health problems and suicide that affect so many of us. Lucy spoke with Time to Change about her own experiences with mental illness, and the vital support she found in friends and family.  Tell us a little bit about your experiences? My...

I’ve always found it difficult to talk about my feelings and thoughts. Words don’t seem to do justice the depth and intensity of these emotions. My automatic response is to say I’m fine. I’m trying to change this because as John Keating says Dead Poets Society “you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you...

I became a mother for the first time this year. I have struggled with moderate mental health issues, for as long as I can remember. Stigma is something we all come across in our lives, in school, work, our social circle or in public and social situations we encounter. The worst stigma I have received was during my...

Twenty-five years ago almost to the day I met a beautiful woman at a day centre for those living with mental health problems. I had been referred their due to my diagnosis of schizophrenia and was surprised to meet someone else with the same diagnosis; especially someone who glowed with life and could envision a future...

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