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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At the age of twenty-two, after four years of my first identified episode of depression, I sit here with the realisation that although I haven't sank, I have merely been bobbing along through life – similar to a rubber duck on water. I’ve been staying afloat, and on the surface I am fine. But like the water in a storm,...

Attitudes towards mental health within my family and Mormon upbringing left me undiagnosed and untreated for anxiety disorder my whole life. I have suffered with anxiety disorder since age 11 till age 38 (now) – that's 27 years! Only around 30 did I start thinking something might be wrong with me, and that’s when I...

On paper, I’m a 22 year old Psychology graduate with a lovely boyfriend and a supportive family. I spend about 90% of the time in fleecy PJ bottoms, have very high maintenance eyebrows and am very fond of cake. However, what many people don’t know about me is that I face a daily battle with obsessive compulsive disorder (...

When I was diagnosed with emotionally unstable personality disorder/ borderline personality disorder earlier on this year there was a strange sense of relief. I finally knew what was going on with me. I knew that depression didn't explain some of my symptoms. I had too much going on for that to be true. The symptoms...

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