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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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”.

BPD can be very misunderstood

Natasha, August 19, 2020

I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) a few weeks before our country went into lockdown, due to the coronavirus pandemic. To describe that time as surreal is an understatement.

Sometimes just one conversation can really help

Adam, August 19, 2020

It wasn’t until I was in sixth form that I opened up to my mum about my mental health. She noticed my behaviour was affecting my everyday life, including college, and we had a conversation about the appropriate steps we could take going forward to find a solution. She booked a doctor’s appointment for me and that’s when I was diagnosed with social anxiety and depression.

Knowing I can talk to my mum about mental health really helps me

Emma, August 18, 2020

I was in secondary school when I developed mental health problems and started to self harm. I had experienced a lot of bullying from my peers and I felt very isolated and low, often spending lunchtimes sitting in a toilet cubicle or in the library studying alone.

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