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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Talking about mental health helped me overcome my own challenges

Ann, September 29, 2020

As a Time to Change Champion, I wanted to share why I do what I do and how talking about mental health has helped me overcome my own challenges. I am an (almost) 50 year old mum of two, and I have experienced anxiety and depression for most of my adult life as result of the trauma I experienced dealing with an alcoholic parent who has mental health challenges of their own.

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!

Becoming a Champion helped me realise the importance of talking

David, September 11, 2020

It was just six years ago that I first went to my GP about my mental health. The first time I went, I walked out because I couldn’t speak the words I so desperately wanted to say. The second time, I went with just a few sentences on a small bit of paper that I passed to the doctor... “I’m struggling, I can’t find a way out no matter what I do or try. I’ve felt like this for years, but I can’t cope no more”.

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.