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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Anxiety can be different for everyone

Carys, October 28, 2020

I am Carys, I am a Young Champion and I live with mental illnesses, including very bad anxiety. You probably wouldn’t notice it too much if you saw me out and about living my normal life because being busy and staying out of the house is how I learnt to manage my mental health difficulties.

It can be difficult to explain, but seasonal affective disorder is real

Lauren, October 21, 2020

I can almost set my clock by it. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a sneaky illness, at least in my experience. I’ve had this leafy, dark cloak in my closet for about seven years now. It comes out only from about mid-October and gets shoved away at the end of February, and weighs heavily on my back.

We need to encourage each other to listen and share openly

Ridhima, October 8, 2020

Ridhima is a Time to Change Champion living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and severe depression. After experiencing difficult events in her life, she struggled to be heard by the people around her, and faced the misconceptions around mental health in her South Asian community. She now speaks at events to change attitudes and end the stigma around mental health.

We've made progress, but there needs to be more representation

Bernice, October 8, 2020

2020 has been unexpected in a myriad of ways, from living through a pandemic, to seeing plans for travel, celebration, and simply meeting friends impacted in quick succession. In saying that, it’s also been a time to adapt, to rethink how we communicate when isolation and lockdowns have changed the way we interact, live, and work, the strain of which has placed mental health awareness under a brighter light than ever before.