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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It’s not a crime to be honest about how we’re really feeling...

Time to Change blogger MandieI walked out of the door, and as I shut the drive gates I noticed how my trousers were so loose around my waste that if I breathed in deeply they would probably fall off...The diet was working.

I jumped in the car turned, smiled at my 3 year old son and 6 month old daughter and started singing as I pulled away from the drive. The sun was shining and we were off to meet friends.

Why it’s time we talk about mental health

Photo of man in rainjacketI used to be an actor, but following a brain tumour, I experienced severe mental health difficulties which led to me feeling suicidal and then in 2006 I was voluntarily sectioned. 

The fear of stigma

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I have depression, and sometimes one of the hardest things is the thought that there isn’t somewhere or someone I feel truly safe to talk through my experiences with.

My top five tips on talking about mental health

Shea blogs on talking about mental healthI can still remember the silverware sitting on my plate as I fidgeted with my napkin, before turning to my three dear friends sat at the table with me. 

“I went to the doctor this week.  I have something to tell you...”  my voice croaked.