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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When the first trailer for 'Split' was released back in September, I was filled with dread. A ‘horror’ film, based on dissociative identity disorder (DID), the mental illness that I’ve battled with every single day for the past eight years. The whole DID community shared my concerns and protested the release of the film....

I never realised what living with a mental illness entailed before I was diagnosed myself. I always believed that anxiety was just worrying, depression was just sadness and I never fully appreciated how hard it actually is waking up every single day, fighting a battle which nobody can see. Well, I never realised it until I...

Head Girl. High achiever. Destined for Oxford. These were all labels that were attached to my student identity by my (highly academic, all-girls) school in the autumn of 2015. What the school didn't know? That I was experiencing extreme depression and anxiety. After years of experiencing recurrent depressive episodes and...

I wanted to write about an experience of a person’s reaction towards my mental health and the impact that it has had on my life. I was first diagnosed at the age of 15 years old with an anxiety disorder, (although looking back, I experienced symptoms at a much earlier age). This is when my funny, happy, bubbly and...

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