Personal stories about mental health

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I don’t know how typical this is, but most of the Time to Change Champions I’ve met have personal experience of mental illness, their own or someone they care about. My own story starts 2011 when I met American writer and photographer Fran Houston on Facebook. Fran lives with bipolar disorder, also chronic fatigue syndrome...

Paula and I have been going through the last few years fighting for the right to be heard and wanting the help from the council and the mental health services. The reasons why we are doing this are due to the fact that we both have been stigmatised about our conditions – between us, we’ve experienced: hearing voices, self...

When I reflect on the past eight months, I look back at what has been a successful time in my life; but one that has been struck with depression. In April this year, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I'd been battling with symptoms for a long time and while I think I know the trigger, (a situation which...

To me, life with a diagnosed personality disorder is a wrestle. That’s how I’d describe it to others. It’s a wrestle, but the key opponent is me. I am officially my own worst enemy, and every single day I put up a valiant attack against myself and my weaknesses – beating myself up for every shortcoming I perceive to be...

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