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Ulrika Jonsson's story

Ulrika Jonsson has experienced depression and panic attacks on a few occasions in her life.

“Despite having bright, wonderful children and a house I can call my own, I found myself in some real low points. I didn't want to wake up in the mornings, I found it so hard to cope."

Instead of taking antidepressants she chose to deal with the depression herself.

Kate's Story

Kate takes us with her on the long and colourful journey she's undertaken in the last few years, from her first contact with mental health services, taking charge of her recovery, how writing poetry helped her on her way, through to her experience of organising awareness raising events and how she's found it sitting on her local NHS Trust's Service User Involvement Panel.

Why On Earth Do You Bother?

“Why on earth do you bother? You don't even get paid.” This is something which has been said to me a lot this past year when I talk about my Activist role, and it has meant that I have actually sat back and considered my motivation, thought about what I think being an Activist can achieve, and equally importantly what it does for me.

Blog Two

Over the last few weeks, some of the experiences of the participants have been incorporated into a play by the facilitators. This is now being developed by the director.

Martine's Story

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.