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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Depression can affect anyone, there's not always a reason

Dan, September 17, 2020

My story? Well, I only realised that I had symptoms of clinical depression recently. And probably that I've had it a lot longer than I thought. I was always of the belief that depression was a result of a traumatic event, a loss, stress, unhappiness at home, being bullied, those types of things. But it turns out you can just have bad brain chemistry. My brain just doesn't produce enough serotonin.

There is no shame in experiencing schizoaffective disorder

Josh, September 16, 2020

A few years ago if someone had said to me, Josh you will experience psychosis and it will be confusing and frightening and change your outlook on life forever. I probably would have said something unhelpful. I was ignorant back then. I thought people who suffered schizophrenia or psychosis were dangerous and violent. I hadn’t even heard of schizoaffective disorder!

OCD is not an adjective, it's a real mental illness

Mitchell, September 11, 2020

It seems like every few months, I see someone on social media or encounter a stranger in a public setting exclaiming something like “I HATE when things are disorganized. I am SO OCD!” This is not OCD. It is not an adjective.

My family don't always understand my depression, but talking is so important

Candice, September 9, 2020

Growing up in my household was a bit of a struggle. Around the age of 12, I was bullied quite severely, which in turn had an impact on my mental health. I began to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. I was always a reserved, quiet person but I built up the courage to talk to my mum about how I was feeling.

When I keep quiet, stigma wins – and I can’t let that happen

Edwin, September 3, 2020

Before I was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and severe ADHD, I was quite oblivious to mental health issues. Since then, I have gained a much deeper insight on how society views and deals with these issues. I have also come to realise how my words effect the way people interact with me, and how they view me as a person. Words are powerful. Which is why I have said publicly, “when I keep quiet, stigma wins – and I can’t let that happen”.

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