The first form of mental health related stigma I experienced was from my own parents.
When I was first diagnosed with depression, my parents encouraged me to keep it a secret and made it clear they did not want other friends or family members to find out. This made me feel alone and ashamed of how I felt.
My name is Becci and I graduated in Psychology with Counselling last year. I am always trying to find ways of getting more experience in the field and so keep up to date with mental health charities quite regularly, and this summer, volunteered at a Time to Change roadshow event.
My husband and I recently volunteered to help with the Time to Change campaign. It was a bit of a last minute decision. I had heard about Time to Change through the mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness and so I had realised that there was a roadshow coming up near us in Bournemouth. I also knew that they were looking for volunteers to talk to members of the public on the subject of mental health.
Like so many people, I have experienced mental distress first hand. But I have been so fortunate in receiving the support I needed to get back in there and smell the roses. That's why I am so keen to talk and encourage others to do the same. This is my account of doing just that by volunteering at a roadshow event...