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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Every day is a struggle: the battle in my mind between wanting to die to end the pain, and trying to survive to overcome the trauma of the past and live a decent life. In an instant, emotions can go from one extreme to another and it can take a very, very long time for the intense distress to come back down to the normal...

It’s so important to surround yourself with loved ones who care about you and acknowledge your mental health difficulties. You need a stable support network around you, even if it is just one or two people you can really count on. I have had both good and bad experiences when it comes to trusting people, but it has never...

“I WOULD never have suspected.” Those five words are innocuous in that short sentence, but their impact on me was bigger. I had spoken previously to a handful of people before then about my experience of living with anxiety, and managing depression too. But it’s only when somebody comments on a disguise, that you realise...

We as people are social beings; we require and need human contact as part of our survival. I have suffered with severe depression and anxiety for seven years and often when you are in the most need for help, love and support, you isolate yourself from the world and avoid human contact. You can push the ones you love away,...

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