Martine was finding it hard to get back on track after her breakdown, until she discovered the power of writing about her experiences. Now she hopes her book will help others by raising awareness about mental health issues.
A very special story from one of Time to Change's Local Project staff members. Adam Hatcher, who works at the Andover based Fit4Life, tells us how he came to the project as a service user, then started volunteering, and then went on to become one of their key workers.
My name's Adam Hatcher and I work for the Fit4Life project at Andover Mind. We promote mental wellbeing through working on physical wellbeing. We get people out of the house that wouldn't normally be out of the house - give them a reason to get up in the morning.
Marnie talks about how her experiences led her to tackle mental health discrimination in employment through her job, and why taking to the streets of County Durham on behalf of Time to Change was so important to her.
On Saturday April 26th, over thirty people gathered at a venue in Kings Cross to participate in a new theatre project designed to highlight, question and hopefully, challenge our approach to mental distress at an individual and societal level. The idea is that through an ensemble approach to writing, devising and performing a piece of drama, based on real life stories, will be presented to the public.
So mental health is back in the news. Why? Britain's Got Talent of course - doesn't all the current news come from crooked M.Ps and BGT? I'm sat here listening to a supposed expert waxing lyrical over the mental state of a woman she has never met, never mind examined. So Susan Boyle has been assessed under the provisions of the Mental Health Act, an entirely sensible measure, how could a woman from West Lothian who was unknown to most of us three months ago and who has been thrust into a world she is entirely new to, be expected to cope on any level.