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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Having mates I can talk to makes all the difference

Barry , November 10, 2020

I hadn’t experienced mental health problems until about three years ago. I was having some family issues, and I had no one to blame but myself, so I felt alone and ashamed - that’s when I started to self-harm.

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.