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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We need to encourage each other to listen and share openly

Ridhima, October 8, 2020

Ridhima is a Time to Change Champion living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and severe depression. After experiencing difficult events in her life, she struggled to be heard by the people around her, and faced the misconceptions around mental health in her South Asian community. She now speaks at events to change attitudes and end the stigma around mental health.

We've made progress, but there needs to be more representation

Bernice, October 8, 2020

2020 has been unexpected in a myriad of ways, from living through a pandemic, to seeing plans for travel, celebration, and simply meeting friends impacted in quick succession. In saying that, it’s also been a time to adapt, to rethink how we communicate when isolation and lockdowns have changed the way we interact, live, and work, the strain of which has placed mental health awareness under a brighter light than ever before.

Attitudes towards dissociation have left me feeling isolated and uncomfortable

Hazel, October 8, 2020

‘Mental health for all’ is a topic that I have a lot to say about, both as an individual who’s passionate about every person being aware of their own mental health, and also as someone with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) who resides in a body with a number of other identities/alters.

People have put labels on me and made assumptions about my experiences

Sandeep, October 8, 2020

It was in 2012 that I started to experience anorexia nervosa, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety – as well as depression and a suicide attempt in August 2014. My dad was the first to notice a change in my behaviour. It was a shock when my parents sat me down to talk to me – and it was a lot to take in.

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