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Keeping it in the family

Time to Change bloger NinaThe 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. 

I could have done another three hours!!

Becci's blog about volunteering at the roadshowMy 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.

Time to talk at Bournemouth Pier.

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.

Talking is the very beginning...

Louise's experience of volunteering at a roadshowLike 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...