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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  ‘Drama queen’, ‘attention seeker’, ‘too emotional’, ‘easily offended’ and ‘cry baby’; those are just a few terms I heard growing up.   I did not know how to express myself, without feeling judged by those closest to me. Therefore, from an early age, I learned to put a lid on it. I'm married now and I have had...

"I want you to know that sometimes I can’t hang out in big groups because of my anxiety, not because I’m anti-social" I avoid social settings due to some level of anxiety. If I’m surrounded by people who accept me then I’m relaxed. Formal conversations make me bored and uncomfortable, as I don’t feel as though I can be...

“Sickness can surely take the mind where minds can’t usually go,” proclaimed rock behemoths The Who. Listening to this as a young man empowered me to acknowledge and embrace my own mental health demons, which are many. The reason I wanted to blog about this difficult subject (hard for me to write about and hard for you to...

Mental health affects everyone in some way, shape or form; even the stunner behind the bar, the celeb who ‘has it all’ and ‘Bob’ next door. Problem is, you can't see it and it can be hidden - but it's still there. I felt really low after some family issues and being a bloke from Africa, it's not something you let known. I...

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