There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about mental health out there. These stories address some of the dangerous and troubling beliefs about different conditions, and explore what it's really like to experience mental health problems.  

Having bipolar disorder doesn't make me dangerous

Watch Richard's blog about the negative judgements he's faced at work because of his bipolar, and how he wishes people would consider the positive traits that can come out of mental illness:

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People shouldn't assume that mental illness is a weakness

Hi, my name is Mary and several years ago I was in a professional job as a psychology lecturer. Perhaps I was naive, but I thought professionalism was about acting with good values and respect for others. I found out differently when I joined this college as a staff member in a small team of psychology lecturers.

Depression and anxiety are real, not an excuse

I'm 21 and starting my third year of university, though technically as I took a year out because of my illness, I am still a second year. I couldn't wait to move out of my home for first year so I could have so well-earned freedom. Throw a mental illness into the mix when you come home for the summer after this utter high of a year, and your life is turned upside down. From here, I first experienced stigma and discrimination.

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