Personal stories about mental health

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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In praise of youth work When living with anxiety, it becomes a bit like part of your own DNA and is almost impossible to remove completely. That’s not to say there isn’t any hope of living though. For the persons who helped most with that, try to imagine a cross-over between a good friend and a solid parent/guardian that...

I’m Chris. I'm 21. I've lived with depression for most of my life, ever since I was a kid. I never used to understand the thoughts and feelings that I had. In my teenage years, I started to develop feelings of low self-esteem and confidence that affected my everyday actions and thoughts. I never talked to anyone about what...

I have never found it easy to share my story about my Anorexia. I struggle with people knowing too much about me, and am always afraid of judgement. Afraid it will hold me back in my career and afraid of people watching my every move and judging everything I eat...

I sit in the doctor’s office bemused by the diagnosis I have just been given. I hear the words over and over in my head, "you are severely depressed." And before I can muster up the words of denial, the doctor delivers the clincher. "Deal with this now or it will ruin your career." That was two years ago. Now, having...

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